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2018: It’s time for

WILTSHIRE Visitor Guide

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TURNING HEADS TO THE PAST Explore the lost city and stand in the footprint of the original Salisbury Cathedral.

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timeless nature

CONTENTS Introduction

Why I love Wiltshire, by Helen Ochyra

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Timeless Wonders Shrouded in Mystery

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Timeless Nature

Timeless Places

Chippenham and Malmesbury

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Salisbury – the Perfect Historic City 28-29

Corsham and Lacock

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Quintessentially English: Timeless Towns and Villages

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Marlborough and Pewsey Vale

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Mere, Warminster and Westbury

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On Safari (Wiltshire-Style!)

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Salisbury

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Wiltshire – a Story in Time

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Swindon

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Wiltshire Wide

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Wiltshire Borders

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Wedding Venues

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Places to Visit and Things to Do

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Find New Stories Around Every Corner

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Master Landscapers and Eminent 38-39 Architects

Timeless Natural Beauty

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Made in Wiltshire

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Classic Cars, Army Regiments and the Story of Flight

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Experience Wiltshire by Rail

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Timeless Pleasures Events Calendar 2018

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Escape the Everyday

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Inspirational Arts and Entertainment

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Wiltshire on Screen

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Time Well Spent

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Plenty to Whet Your Appetite

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On Course for a Great Day Out

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Have Yourself a Big Adventure

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General Information Getting Here is Easy

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Disabled Access

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Find the Perfect Place to Stay

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Information Centres

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Accommodation in the Following Areas:

Key to Symbols and Room Types

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Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge 47-48

Map of Wiltshire

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Calne and Devizes

Front Cover Image: Sky Safari, Longleat (© Longleat)

Where to Stay Find Your Ideal Home From Home 44-45 Choosing and Booking Your Accommodation

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WHY I LOVE

Wiltshire

Travel writer Helen Ochyra explains why her home county of Wiltshire is her favourite place to be. My favourite place in England is somewhere most people have never heard of. Here I walk between ancient trees, bounding down to a pond marked by the watery arrowheads of swimming ducks. In the spring a blanket of bluebells covers the forest floor. Sometimes I have the glades and pathways to myself, sometimes I see dozens of dog walkers. On some visits I need my wellies to squelch through the mud, on all visits I switch off my phone and my whirring mind and listen instead to a chorus of birdsong, the occasional splash of those ducks on the pond. This is Drew’s Pond Wood in Devizes, just one of the innumerable places that make Wiltshire special. A first visit to Wiltshire perhaps focuses on the county’s home-grown wonders of the world. Not just the famous stone circle of Stonehenge, but also Avebury – a stone circle far bigger, where you can touch the stones and feel the weight of history – and West Kennet Long Barrow, a Neolithic tomb you stoop to enter, atop a chalky ridge amid the fields. Second visits – and 20th visits – allow time for the lesser known. I love to tuck into a Sunday roast at the Market Inn in Salisbury, my reward for a walk across the water meadows, views of the slender

Westbury White Horse

spire of the city’s cathedral all the way. The finest of four surviving 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts is found here too, and one of the county’s best theatres – the Salisbury Playhouse. I love to choose my favourite, fleeting, rhododendron colour at Bowood estate’s Woodland Garden, and to stroll the postcardperfect formal gardens at Stourhead. And I love to climb up next to Westbury white horse, standing beside the brilliant white beast carved into the chalky escarpment of Salisbury Plain, before visiting the Iron Age hillfort it sits below. Wiltshire is the perfect place to experience Britain’s cultural heritage. Here, cultural heritage doesn’t just mean Bronze Age gold at Wiltshire Museum and classical concerts at the Wiltshire Music Centre, here cultural heritage reaches through to the present day; it is in the food we eat, the TV shows we watch, the places we make our footprints. In Wiltshire, culture is about life’s pleasures. It means enjoying the first refreshing glug of local Wadworth 6X ale on a hot day, or a ploughman’s lunch made with Wiltshire cured ham. It means looking through the window in Lacock Abbey where the world’s first photographic negative was taken, and walking in the footsteps of Lady Mary from Downton Abbey in the main street of the village. Through Wiltshire runs the historic Kennet & Avon Canal, but this is no museum piece. This working waterway is a place for exploration – at narrowboat pace of course. You’ll find Crofton Beam Engines still using steam to keep the canal full of water, and the Caen Hill lock flight bringing narrowboats uphill through a series of 29 locks. But you’ll also find beer gardens with moorings so you can stay the night and cafés on the waterfront slicing homemade cakes to order. Nature is never far from view in Wiltshire and the county is home to several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. My favourite is the Cotswolds, and the Cotswold Water Park is where I learned to sail – and that I loved off-road cycling. The 150 or so lakes here make for great birdwatching too, and there is always a dragonfly or two to follow as they dart above the water.

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West Kennet Long Barrow

“There is always time for Wiltshire” My favourite nature spot in Wiltshire though is Longleat, where I first encountered a lion. Yes, there are lions in Wiltshire, not to mention a cluster of very cheeky monkeys. There is a lot to love about Wiltshire, but I admit that my first love will always be Devizes, the market town at Wiltshire’s heart. My favourite nights are always spent in The Vaults, tucked behind the Town Hall. I have sat on a wooden bench outside sipping pale ales in the sunshine with my husband, and gathered the family around the largest table to play board games and swap tips on the best pint of local beer on tap. For work I travel the world but there is always time to come home.

Cotswold Water Park

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Kennet & Avon Canal

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Avebury

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre

Cherhill White Horse

Salisbury Cathedral

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The Devil’s Den

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SHROUDED IN MYSTERY… steeped in legend

Stonehenge and Avebury. Two inimitable stone circles. One outstanding World Heritage Site. One that also embraces West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and numerous associated sites across the wider landscape. Together they have a magnetism that has drawn people to them for thousands of years and celebrations marking the summer and winter solstices still take place today. No visit to Wiltshire would be complete without experiencing their magic for yourself. If you stand on Salisbury Plain at sunrise or sunset, it’s easy to see why the ancient Britons believed Stonehenge was special. Even today, visitors from around the globe make the pilgrimage here, to marvel at one of the most timeless and iconic wonders in the world. Among its many unique features is its orientation on the rising and setting sun, but why it was built in this way remains a mystery. The landscape surrounding Stonehenge is equally ancient – and fascinating – with Bronze Age burial mounds at Kingbarrow Ridge, a massive henge at Durrington Walls, and two huge earthworks known as The Cursus and The Avenue. Stonehenge visitor centre brings its story to life through outstanding exhibition galleries, a 360º audio-visual presentation and Neolithic houses built from authentic materials. Pre-booking is strongly recommended as entry is by timed ticket – for details go to www. english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge or book at www.visitwiltshire. co.uk/shop. Understandably it’s a popular place, so try to time your visit for the early morning or late afternoon, or during the quieter months of the year. The Stonehenge Tour makes a convenient way to travel. Picking up from Salisbury railway station and the city centre, it runs via Old Sarum to the stones themselves, before returning via Salisbury Cathedral.

the surrounding landscape. For the full Avebury experience be sure to visit Avebury Manor and Gardens and the Alexander Keiller Museum… and try your hand at dowsing to seek out the mysterious ley lines hidden underground. Overlooking rolling countryside near Avebury, West Kennet Long Barrow is one of Britain’s largest Stone Age burial sites, containing a series of shadowy chambers. Close by, its origins lost in the mists of time, Silbury Hill is the largest man-made mound in Europe. Among Wiltshire’s other iconic views are its White Horses carved into the rolling chalk downs. Of the original thirteen, eight can still be seen today. The oldest, at Westbury, dates from 1778 and is situated on a steep slope beneath the Iron Age hill fort of Bratton Camp. The most recent, at Devizes, dates from 1999 and was cut into Roundway Hill to mark the millennium. For further inspiration, view our white horse film here: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/videos Salisbury Cathedral is a magnificent example of early English Gothic architecture. Its glorious Chapter House a fitting home for the finest of four original 1215 Magna Carta manuscripts. Other claims to fame include the tallest spire in Britain, Britain’s largest close and cloisters, and the world’s oldest working clock. For an unforgettable experience – and stunning panoramic views – take a Tower Tour up narrow spiral stairs to the foot of the spire, 225 feet (over 68 metres) above ground. Wiltshire’s World Heritage Site and other timeless wonders are within easy reach of all accommodation in this guide and an overnight visit is highly recommended. For a wide range of places to stay go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/accommodation Stonehenge

On a misty morning at Avebury you can understand the appeal this sacred place held for our ancestors. Here, a massive outer bank and ditch surround the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle. This, in turn, encloses two smaller stone circles and part of the village. Nearby stands an ‘avenue’ of stones that once led to a site known as The Sanctuary, and from the early Neolithic causewayed enclosure of Windmill Hill you can enjoy spectacular views across

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FIND NEW

stories around every corner

Perfect for walkers and cyclists – as well as all manner of other sporting enthusiasts – Wiltshire’s breathtaking countryside might well have been invented with outdoor pursuits in mind. For those on foot we have an outstanding array of walks you can comfortably complete in just a few hours. Leaving you free to relax over lunch. Or tea. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient drovers. Meander through our market towns. Amble along the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal. Even if you’re short on time, you’ll never be short on views! Those in search of a more serious, long-distance route can stride out to their heart’s content too. Walk the Wansdyke. Roam the Ridgeway. Hike the White Horse Trail. Tackle their entire length over several days (sturdy shoes recommended). Or cherry pick the bits you like best. Either way, escape and let time stand still. At your happiest heading off in the morning with just a packed lunch and a map for company? That’s fine by us. But if you need a little help with planning your itinerary, arranging places to stay – even transporting your luggage – give one of our local specialists a call. Footpath Holidays, Foot Trails and Guided Walks in Wiltshire are here to take the hassle out of your holiday. Cyclists – whether seasoned experts, keen amateurs or just starting out – will find plenty of options too. From the confidence-building to the downright daring. Looking for a stress-free family outing? Give the Golden Way a go. After the excitement of off-road adventure? The Longleat Estate is a great place to start. Keen to test your mettle on a demanding long-distance trail? The 160-mile Wiltshire Cycleway should provide more than enough of a challenge.

Old Sarum

If you haven’t brought your wheels with you, it’s no problem. Hire a bike from Hayball Cyclesport in Salisbury, or the Towpath Trail in Bradford on Avon. There’s also a range of exciting cycling events throughout the year, including the Wiltshire 100 and Big Wheel Bike Ride in September. Take part yourself or just go along to watch. A great choice of walker- and cyclist-friendly accommodation can be found on our website. Many of these accommodation providers are happy to advise on their favourite local routes... and many actively welcome outdoor enthusiasts by offering extra facilities such as drying rooms for wet clothing. To find out more go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/accommodation Further details of walking and cycling routes around Wiltshire, as well as a wide range of other things to do, can be found at visitwiltshire.co.uk/activities. Maps and routes for cyclists and walkers can be downloaded from connectingwiltshire.co.uk or contact one of the Information Centres listed on page 67. While you’re out and about around the county, take the opportunity to visit one of the interesting properties cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust. They’re great places to pause for a breather. At end of a busy day, a refreshing drink in one of our country pubs goes down a treat too. For details of the ‘Saints and Sinners’ heritage trail combining the best of both worlds, go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/itineraries At the last count, Wiltshire had over 8,200 paths for walkers and cyclists. Travelling under your own steam gives you time to appreciate the beauty of Wiltshire’s timeless landscape. Other options include pony trekking or a horseback safari, a day’s fishing or a round of golf. Canoeing, paddle boarding or a narrowboat cruise on the Kennet & Avon Canal. If the sun fails to shine there are ample indoor activities too. Unwind with a luxurious treatment in one of our spas. Master new culinary skills on a cookery course. Or head for the Crop Circle Exhibition and Information Centre to ponder the meaning of these mysterious formations. If you’re tired of the everyday, it’s time for Wiltshire.

Bradford on Avon

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Cycling on Milk Hill

“Take the children… take the dog… above all, take your time!”

Whatley Manor Aquarias Spa

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Crop Circle Exhibition

The Farm Cookery School

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“What view did you wake up to this morning?�

Hackpen Hill

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TIMELESS

Natural Beauty

Easy to explore, yet off the beaten track, Wiltshire is one of Britain’s best kept secrets; rural England at its very best. Almost half the landscape lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Miles of ancient drove roads and quiet country lanes make exploring a pleasure, and charming hamlets nestle amid rolling, unspoiled countryside. Among them the stunning National Trust village of Lacock, and Castle Combe, arguably one of the prettiest villages in England. Wiltshire is calming, comforting, refreshing. An enchanted place where you feel close to the earth and the ever-changing big skies. Here, the landscape’s mood alters with the seasons, connecting you not just to nature, but to time itself. See how the light changes the texture of the hills and think of others admiring the same spectacle over thousands of years. With big skies and broad horizons, the vast, untouched expanse of Salisbury Plain lies at the heart of the county. Sometimes gentle, sometimes wild, this untamed plateau is home to rare and endangered species which thrive in the sparsely populated landscape. Acres of ancient woodland can be found on the borders of the New Forest National Park and in the Savernake Forest. Parts of north and west Wiltshire lie within the Cotswolds, where dry stone walls, narrow winding lanes and honey-coloured villages meld seamlessly into rolling hills. From the lush meadows of the Vale of Pewsey to more austere expanses of upland, the North Wessex Downs are a nationally protected landscape. As are Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs, which stretch in a giant undulating swathe across the south of the county. Wiltshire is blessed with outstanding chalk streams and rivers. The gin-clear waters of the Wylye, Nadder, Bourne and Ebble offer excellent trout fishing and delightful riverside walks. Flowing south from Pewsey the River Avon supports an abundant variety of wildlife, including the endangered water vole. The River Kennet winds through the North Wessex Downs, skirting the prehistoric sites of Avebury and Silbury Hill. Even the young River Thames gets a look in, as it meanders through the north of the county, close to the Saxon town of Cricklade.

The 37 nature reserves managed by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust cover a variety of natural habitats. From chalk grassland and woodland to wetland and bog, they are havens for flora and fauna. The National Nature Reserve at North Meadow on the outskirts of Cricklade is renowned for its spectacular display of rare Snakeshead Fritillaries during April. West Woods near Marlborough and Grovely Wood near Wilton are carpeted with bluebells in May. Langford Lakes between Salisbury and Warminster is the perfect spot for birdwatching enthusiasts. While Lower Moor Farm near Cricklade is a mosaic of lakes, brooks and ponds linked by boardwalks, ancient hedges, woodland and meadows. Wiltshire is a county for all seasons. Ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells. Shadows of hay bales lengthening in the setting sun. Blankets of mist floating low over meadows. Frost glistening on mighty standing stones. Any time is Wiltshire time. So escape to Wiltshire in 2018 and discover the perfect antidote to overcrowded cities. To find out more and to book your rural break, go to visitwiltshire. co.uk/accommodation

“Wiltshire puts back what the rest of the week takes out”

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Longleat Festival of Light

Marlborough College Summer School

Tisbury Brocante

Iford Arts Festival

February 2018 Pancake Races, Bradford on Avon & Trowbridge

Events

Fri 16-Sun 18 Feb

Wild Connections Bird Fair, Langford Lakes

Full details of these and many other festivals and events can be found on our website: visitwiltshire.co.uk/whats-on. Please be sure to double check dates and times prior to arrival, as details can sometimes change.

Fri 23 Feb

Devizes Festival of Winter Ales

Fri 23 & Sat 24 Feb

March 2018 Wilton House Antiques Fair

Fri 2-Sun 4 Mar

Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference, Devizes

Long-running Events 2018 Creative Chippenham, Chippenham Museum

To Sat 17 Mar

Feast! Exhibition, Stonehenge

To September 2018

40th Anniversary Exhibition, Mompesson House

Throughout 2018

Stonehenge 1918-2018 – Various Events

Throughout 2018

Lectures, Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Lunchtime Concerts, Sarum College

Tue 13 Feb

Winter Bulbs & Flowers, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Selected dates Jan-May

Fri 26 Jan, Fri 23 Feb, Fri 23 Mar

Young Musicians Concerts, St Peter’s Church

Selected dates Jan-Jun

The Winds & Words of War, Wiltshire Museum

Tue 2 Jan-Sun 22 Apr

Mo Lancaster: Linocuts, Victoria Art Gallery

Sat 13 Jan-Wed 14 Mar

Dizzy’s 30th Birthday Exhibition, Trowbridge Museum

Sat 13 Jan-Sat 31 Mar

Salisbury Snapped! Exhibition, Salisbury Museum

Sat 13 Jan-Sun 26 Aug

Brian Graham: Towards Music, Salisbury Museum

Sat 27 Jan-Sat 12 May

Euston Road School, Swindon Museum & Gallery

Wed 31 Jan-Sat 14 Apr

Royal Women, Fashion Museum

Sat 3 Feb-Sat 28 Apr

Tribe Photography Exhibition, Lacock Spring Study Days, The Merchant’s House

Sat 3 Feb-Sun 20 May Weds 21 Feb, 7 Mar, 21 Mar

Genius of the Place: Foundations, Stourhead Inflatable Fun Dayz, Westbury

Sat 10 Mar-Sun 23 Dec Selected weekends Mar-Sep

Steaming Weekends, Crofton Beam Engines

Selected dates, Mar-Oct

Predators Killer Animatronic Exhibition, Longleat

Sat 24 Mar-Mon 3 Sep

FL Griggs: Visions of England, Chippenham Museum Thu 29 Mar-Sat 16 Jun (dates tbc) British Art Between the Wars, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery Race Days, Salisbury Racecourse

Selected Dates Apr-Aug

Walking the Dead Tours & Guided Walks, Wiltshire Museum Les Colombes Exhibition, Salisbury Cathedral

Wed 25 AprSat 1 Sep Selected dates May/Jun/Jul

Thu 10 May-Mon 23 July

Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Sat 12 May-Sun 14 Oct

Sat 3 Mar

John Munro - Abstracts, Fisherton Mill

Sat 3-Sat 31 Mar

Jacqui Dankworth Butterfly Wing Quartet, Wiltshire Music Centre Larmer Tree Races

Fri 9 Mar

Sat 10-Sun 11 Mar

Wiggle Chalky Chaser MTB, Salisbury Racecourse

Sat 10 Mar

Sigma Sports Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive, Salisbury Racecourse French Farmers’ Market, Tisbury

Sun 11 Mar Sat 24 Mar

Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race

Fri 30 Mar-Mon 2 Apr

Imber Open Days

Fri 30 Mar-Mon 2 Apr

Easter Events Around Wiltshire

Mar & Apr (various dates)

April 2018 Spring Performance Action Day, Castle Combe Circuit

Sat 7 Apr

Art Auction Exhibition, Trowbridge Museum

Sat 21 Apr-Fri 18 May

St George’s Day Celebrations, Salisbury

April (date tbc)

Spring Craft Fair, Cholderton Charlie’s

Sat 28 Apr

Fritillary Season, Cricklade

3 weeks from mid-Apr (dates tbc)

Bowood Rhododendron & Woodland Gardens

Opens Apr (date tbc)

Calne Spring Sing

Apr (date tbc)

May 2018 Downton Cuckoo Fair

Sat 5 May

Church Times Festival of Poetry, Sarum College

Sat 5-Sun 6 May

Devizes Food & Drink Festival

Sat 5-Sat 19 May

3rd Great Tisbury Brocante

Mon 7 May

Fisherton Festival, Salisbury

Mon 7 May (date tbc)

Vintage Brocante, Larmer Tree

Mon 7 May (date tbc)

Swindon Festival of Literature

Mon 7-Sat 19 May

Stourhead Immortal Weekend

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May

Bradford on Avon Day of Dance

Sat 19 May

Chippenham Folk Festival

Fri 25-Mon 28 May

Iford Arts Festival, Iford Manor

Sat 26 May-Sat 4 Aug

RAF Centenary Celebration Family Day, Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

A Celebration of Flowers, Victoria Art Gallery

Sat 26 May-Sun 2 Sep

Sky Hunters at Sunset, Hawk Conservancy Trust

Sat May 26 Sat 26 May & Sat 21 Jul

Crop Circle Exhibition, Crop Circle Information Centre Fri 15 Jun-Sun 12 Aug

Real Ale & Cider Festival, Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Sat 26-Mon 28 May

Recreate Exhibition, Fisherton Mill

Tractor Ted Big Machines Weekend, Bowood

Sat 26-Mon 28 May

Sat 21 Jul-Sat 1 Sep

Cadence of Stone Sculpture Exhibition, Salisbury Cathedral

Sat 25 AugSun 17 Feb 2019

Sculpture in the Garden, Avebury Manor

Sat 1 Sep-Sun 7 Oct

Art & Conflict, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

Wed 12 Sep-Sat 1 Dec

Sheep Shearing Day, Cholderton Charlie’s Whispering Woods Outdoor Theatre, Lacock Devizes Arts Festival

Mon 28 May Mon 28-Thu 31 May Wed 30 May-Sun 17 Jun

June 2018

Shadi Ghardarian Photo Exhibition, Lacock Sat 15 Sep-Sun 13 Jan 2019

High Tea in the Walled Garden, Lydiard Park

Owls by Moonlight, Hawk Conservancy Trust

Wiltshire Day, Around Wiltshire

Tue 5 Jun

Historic Churches Tour, Churches Conservation Trust

Thu 7 Jun

Spring and Autumn (Sat only)

January 2018 Bradford Roots Music Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre The Nat King Cole Story, Wiltshire Music Centre

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Sat 20 & Sun 21 Jan Sat 27 Jan

Corsham Walking Festival Mere Flower & Music Festival

Fri 1 Jun-Fri 13 Jul

Fri 8-Sun 10 Jun Jun (dates tbc)

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Salisbury Christmas Market

Chalke Valley History Festival

Malmesbury Carnival

June 2018 continued Summer Fete, Ludgershall Wiltshire Steam & Vintage Rally, Oare Walled Garden Open for Charity, Lydiard Park

Castle Combe Circuit

September 2018 Sat 9 Jun Sat 9-Sun 10 Jun Sun 10 Jun

Melksham Food & River Festival

Sat 1-Sun 2 Sep

Heritage Open Days, Across Wiltshire

Thu-Sun, 6-9 & 13-16 Sep

Trowbridge Carnival Country Fayre

Sat 8 Sep

Blue Sky Festival, Corsham

Tue 12-Sun 17 Jun

Amesbury Carnival & Show

Sat 16 Jun

Carnival Fun Day, Warminster

Bee Day, Mompesson House

Sat 16 Jun

Sky Safari, Longleat

Taste of Corsham Food Festival

Sat 16 Jun

Country Comes to Town, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Devizes Sat 22 Sep (date tbc)

Warminster Wobble Cycling Festival Cricklade Festival

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Jun Sun 17 Jun

Swindon Railway Festival, STEAM Museum

Marlborough Literature Festival Steam Gala, Crofton Beam Engines

Fri 22-Sun 24 Jun

Tisbury Carnival

Celebrating Art in the Garden, Urchfont Manor

Fri 22 Jun-Sun 8 Jul

Murder Mystery & Hog Roast, Wilton Windmill Longleat Food & Drink Festival Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival Armed Forces & Veterans Weekend, Around Wiltshire Open Garden, Merchant’s House, Marlborough

Sat 23 Jun Sat 23-Sun 24 Jun Mon 25 Jun-Sun 1 Jul Sat 30 Jun-Sun 1 Jul Jun (dates tbc)

July 2018 Barbury Horse Trials, Marlborough Summer Action Festival, Castle Combe Circuit Westbury Summer Celebration Inspire of Warminster (free live music event) Marlborough College Summer School Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford

Jul (dates tbc)

Sep (date tbc)

Salisbury Food and Drink Festival

Sep (dates tbc)

Wiltshire 100 & Big Wheel Bike Ride, Devizes

Sep (date tbc)

October 2018 Salisbury Literary Festival

Oct (dates tbc)

Autumn Classic Racing Festival, Castle Combe Circuit

Sat 6 & Sun 7 Oct

Marlborough Big and Little Mop Fairs

Sat 6 & Sat 13 Oct

Cricklade Fun Run, 10k and Half Marathon Celebrate Voice, Salisbury

Sun 7 Oct

Week commencing Mon 8 Oct (date tbc) Fri 19-Sun 28 Oct

Trowbridge Carnival Procession

Sat 20 Oct

Halloween Half Term Spooktacular, Cholderton Charlie’s

Half Term

Owl-O-Ween, Hawk Conservancy Trust

Fri 26 Oct

Active Festival – Around the World, Trowbridge

Sat 14 Jul

Halloween Ghost Train, Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Bradford on Avon Bike Festival

Sat 14 Jul

Warminster Carnival

Road Run, Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum

Sat 14 Jul

Spooky Adventures at Avebury

Classic Car Show, Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum

Sun 15 Jul

Early Oct (date tbc)

Great Western Brick Show, STEAM Museum

Sat 7 Jul

Fri 13-Sun 15 Jul

Sat 29-Sun 30 Sep Sep (dates tbc)

Mere Literary Festival

Sun 8 Jul-Sat 4 Aug

Sat 29 & Sun 30 Sep

Scarecrow Trail, Amesbury

Sat 7 Jul Sun 8 Jul

Fri 28-Sun 30 Sep

Flying Monk Art & Craft Trail, Malmesbury

Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair, Bowood

Jun (date tbc)

Sun 9 Sep Fri 14-Sun 16 Sep

Stonehenge Solstice Music Festival, Stonehenge Campsite Mon 18-Fri 22 Jun

Calne Summer Festival & Carnival

Sat 8 & Sun 9 Sep

Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct Sat 27 Oct Sat 27 Oct-Sun 4 Nov

Halloween Steaming, Crofton Beam Engines

Sun 28 Oct

Southern Cathedrals Festival, Salisbury Cathedral

Wed 18-Sat 21 Jul

November, December & Christmas 2018

Larmer Tree Festival

Thu 19-Sun 22 Jul

Bonfire & Fireworks Events, around Wiltshire

Nov (various dates)

Party in the Park, Melksham

Sat 21 Jul

Nov & Dec (various dates)

Tidworth Town Festival

Sat 21 Jul

Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Shopping Events, around Wiltshire

WOMAD, Malmesbury

Thu 26-Sun 29 Jul

Melksham Carnival & Fun Day Wilton Horse Trials, Wilton House

Sat 28 Jul Sat 28 & Sun 29 Jul

Magic and Mayhem, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham Longleat Festival of Light Christmas at Fisherton Mill

Fri 9 Nov-Mon 24 Dec

Summer Festival, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon Jul/Aug (dates tbc)

Britten’s War Requiem, Salisbury Cathedral

Golden Path Summer Trail, Stourhead

Devizes Eisteddfod

Summer Holidays

Rhino Month, Cotswold Wildlife Park Malmesbury Carnival & Festival Wessex Country Fair, Wilton House

Sat 10 Nov Fri 16-Sat 17 Nov & Sat 24 Nov

Christmas Activities, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

August 2018 Wed 1-Fri 31 Aug

Salisbury Christmas Market

Beg Aug-beg Sep

Christmas at Avebury

Sun 5 Aug

Mid-November

Selected dates from Fri 9 Nov

Mid Nov-Mon 24 Dec

Thu 22 Nov-Fri 21 Dec (dates tbc) Selected dates Thu 22 Nov-Mon 31 Dec

Black Friday, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon

Fri 23 Nov (date tbc)

Steam & Vintage Weekend, Swindon & Cricklade Railway Sat 11-Sun 12 Aug

The Christmas House, Stourhead

Tractor Ted Big Machines Weekend, Bowood

The Christmas House, Mompesson House Sat 24 Nov-Sun 23 Dec (Thu-Sun)

Edington Music Festival Devizes Festival Fortnight Great British Food Festival, Bowood Amesbury Duck Race

Sat 18 & Sun 19 Aug Sun 19-Sun 26 Aug Sun 19 Aug-Sat 1 Sep Sat 25-Mon 27 Aug Mon 27 Aug

Christmas at Lacock

Sat 24 Nov-Sun 23 Dec (dates tbc) Selected dates Sat 1-Mon 31 Dec

Christmas at STEAM Museum Santa Specials, Swindon & Cricklade Railway

Sat 1 & Sun 2 Dec Sat & Sun from 1 Dec-23 Dec

Tis the Season (Christmas Market & Festivities), Tisbury

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Salisbury Christmas Market

Chippenham Folk Festival Swindon Festival of Literature

Devizes International Street Festival

Marlborough College Summer School

Downton Cuckoo Fair Iford Arts Festival

Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival

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Today life is hectic. Too hectic. 24/7 this, 4G that. Forever rushing around. Sometimes you just need to press pause and let time stand still. Wiltshire’s year-round programme of festivals and events could be just the ticket. Showcasing the county’s outstanding creativity and inventiveness, these are authentic and entertaining experiences. Often based on stories drawn from the history of England. 2018 is set to be another ‘eventful’ year. So make this the year you take a break in Wiltshire - less racing against the clock and more timeless pleasures to enjoy.

As soon as spring has sprung it’s time to get in carnival mood. On the first Bank Holiday Monday in May, Salisbury’s Fisherton Festival gets the season off to a flying start with food and drink stalls vying for attention with live music, dancing, street artists and more. On Saturday 5 May you’ll want to head for Downton Cuckoo Fair: over 250 stalls, plus craft demonstrations, Maypole and Morris dancing, music and more, on and around the picturesque village greens. Swindon Festival of Literature, from 7-19 May, celebrates all things well thought, well written and well said. Featuring novelists, poets, politicians, travellers, scientists, storytellers, sportsmen, historians, comedians, artists and activists. From 25-28 May you can get into the swing of things at Chippenham Folk Festival: over 200 individual events and workshops, combining nationally acclaimed performers with dynamic young musicians, dancers and singers. From 26 May-4 August, Iford Arts Festival tops the bill with a mix of opera, jazz proms and cloister concerts in the idyllic surroundings of Iford Manor’s Grade I listed Peto Garden. From 22 June-8 July Celebrating Art in the Garden returns to Urchfont Manor, the perfect setting for their exhibition of contemporary sculpture. As its name suggests the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival from 25 June-1 July celebrates all things historical; a star-studded line-up of speakers in an idyllic downland setting. As well as its four thrilling steeplechase meetings between November and April, Barbury International Horse Trials in July (dates tbc) sees the world’s top eventers compete over this renowned cross country course in the beautiful Marlborough Downs.

and organ recitals it features some of the most complex and beautiful music ever written. Devizes Festival Fortnight runs from 19 August-1 September: two whole weeks of colourful events, including Picnic in the Park, the Confetti Battle, Carnival Parade and Devizes International Street Festival. The Great British Food Festival returns to Bowood from 25-27 August – combining great food and drink with a fabulously beautiful location, it is definitely more than ‘just another food festival’. If you love books and reading, you’ll love Marlborough Literature Festival! From 28-30 September it celebrates the best of all things written, including author talks, open mic poetry, writing workshops and children’s competitions. In mid-November, Magic and Mayhem at The Pound arts centre in Corsham offers four days of music, comedy, burlesque and more. While this year’s Salisbury Christmas Market runs from 22 November-21 December (dates tbc). As well as filling the Guildhall Square with stalls selling tasteful, high quality gifts and festive goods, for the first time the Cathedral will be hosting part of the Christmas Market in the Close. Throughout the year Wiltshire Wildlife Trust runs a wide range of events suitable for all the family. Hunt for dormice, try your hand at stone carving, go foraging in the countryside – there’s always something new and interesting to get involved in. And it doesn’t stop there… for an even wider range of events around the county and throughout the year see pages 12-13 or go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/whats-on. Just remember to check dates and times before setting out, as these can sometimes change.

Popular with visitors of all ages Marlborough College Summer School runs from 8 July-4 August with its mix of art, cultural and sporting courses for adults, plus inspirational activities for children. On Saturday 14 July Trowbridge’s Active Festival offers a huge variety of activities and sports to take part in, from inflatables and face painting to food from around the world. Making a return appearance in summer 2018 (dates tbc), Salisbury Art Trail is sure to wow you with a fabulous line up of workshops and events, featuring over 100 local artists in more than 60 venues. The ancient market town of Malmesbury has been home to a carnival for over 90 years – these days Malmesbury Carnival & Festival has grown into a whole range of events throughout August, culminating in the carnival procession at the start of September. The annual Edington Music Festival (19-26 August) is sheer delight for lovers of sacred choral music. With plainchant, new commissions

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INSPIRATIONAL

arts and entertainment

We’re a creative lot in Wiltshire. Here we have space and time to nurture the arts. In whatever inventive, ingenious form they may take. Theatres, galleries, arts centres. Plays, recitals, exhibitions. Inspirational venues and outstanding entertainment, dedicated to making imaginations fly. With such beautiful and diverse countryside as our backdrop, the whole county is a canvas for creativity. Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon hosts over 120 events every year. From classical, jazz and folk music to children’s and storytelling shows. According to Sean Rafferty of BBC Radio 3, its 300-seat concert hall has ‘the finest acoustic outside London’. No surprise, then, that it attracts many musicians of international renown. At the heart of the community, Trowbridge Town Hall Arts offers professional performances and exhibitions by companies and artists from around the world. Pound Arts creates live performances across Wiltshire under the banner of Rural Arts Touring. The Pound arts centre in Corsham is a thriving venue with a year round programme of performances, exhibitions and films. Pound Arts also runs the family focussed Blue Sky Festival in June and the delicious and decadent Magic and Mayhem Festival in November. Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre offers a mixed programme of concerts, comedy, musicals, drama and dance, including a popular annual pantomime (Aladdin for 2018). The impressive auditorium seats 635, but you’re always sure of a great view as no seat is further than 70ft from the stage. When it comes to the arts, the city of Salisbury is particularly well endowed. Its largest entertainment venue, City Hall, programmes three seasons of live entertainment throughout the year, including music, variety, comedy, family and dance productions. Salisbury Arts Centre is a vibrant hub of activity housed in a beautiful

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deconsecrated church. It, too, showcases a variety of art forms, from theatre and dance to music, comedy, film and exhibitions. With an annual programme of plays, musicals, events and children’s productions, Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres. As well as commissioning and producing new works – using the skills of its on-site scenery and costume departments – it plays host to touring productions too. There’s fun for all the family at Eastcott Studios in Swindon. Create your own pot, or personalise a variety of gifts, plates and mugs. Visiting artists are also on hand to demonstrate their craft and share their skills. With a variety of craft-based workshops, hands-on creativity is just one of the many facets to Salisbury’s Fisherton Mill. Part gallery, part café, part artisan studios, its exhibits include work by leading artists, furniture makers and sculptors. You’ll also find an ever-changing array of jewellery, ceramics, glasswork and decorative items for sale. Swindon Museum and Art Gallery features impressive and thought-provoking works by some of Britain’s finest modern artists. Lucien Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, Alfred Wallis and LS Lowry are all represented here. Alongside an important collection of studio ceramics. Just across the county border in Bath, the Victoria Art Gallery offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and a stunning permanent collection, from Turner and Gainsborough to the moderns. Important art collections are also to be found at Wiltshire’s stately homes. Corsham Court, for example, is home to furniture by Chippendale, mirrors by Adams and portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The magnificent Inigo Jones state rooms at Wilton House include the Double Cube Room – familiar to many from the film version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, this is the finest surviving 17th century stateroom in England. Designed to display family portraits by van Dyck, it contains the greatest collection of his paintings still housed in its original setting. Events including open-air theatre, historic re-enactments, firework displays and Christmas celebrations are regularly hosted by historic properties too. Look out for them at attractions such as Arundells, Avebury and Bowood, Lacock, Longleat and Mompesson House, Old Sarum, Old Wardour Castle, Stourhead and Westonbirt Arboretum. Further information on the many timeless pleasures to be enjoyed around the county can be found at visitwiltshire.co.uk/whats-on

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Double Cube Room, Wilton House Enchanted Christmas, Westonbirt

Eastcott Studios Little Shop of Horrors, Salisbury Playhouse

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Lacock Abbey Pride & Prejudice at Wilton House Great ChalďŹ eld Manor

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WILTSHIRE

on screen

From swashbuckling adventures to Jane Austen classics, Dr Dolittle to Dr Who, Hogwarts to Wolf Hall, iconic Wiltshire locations have starred in a host of big screen movies and TV costume dramas, their timeless charm appealing to visitors and location scouts alike.

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince (2009) / Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Sequences from both of these family favourites were filmed at Lacock Abbey, including scenes where its cloisters represented the corridors at Hogwarts.

Below is just a small selection of the many productions to be filmed around the county. So follow in the footsteps of the stars… step into the spotlight... and imagine yourself in your favourite role.

Lark Rise to Candleford (2008–2011) – Locations near Corsham in north Wiltshire featured in this popular BBC costume drama.

The Crown (2017) – Filming for series two took place at Wilton House. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) – This action-packed intergalactic battlefield movie was filmed in part at Stonehenge – both at the ‘real’ stone circle and a convincing replica nearby. The White Princess (2017) – The first TV series, adapted from a historical novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory, was filmed in Bradford on Avon. A second series has been filming in Lacock, so watch out for news of this soon. Poldark (2015 and 2016) – The novels may have been set in Cornwall, but it was the charming Wiltshire market town of Corsham that location scouts selected as the perfect match for 18th century Truro in the first series. Great Chalfield Manor and Gardens featured in series two. Chavenage House (just across the border in Gloucestershire) played the part of Trenwith, the Poldark family home. Further filming has been taking place around the county recently, so keep an eye out for some familiar Wiltshire locations in 2018. Downton Abbey (2015) – Filming for the sixth and final series of this hit TV series took place in the National Trust village of Lacock, which also featured as a location in The Wolf Man. Wolf Hall (2015) – In this BBC serialisation of Hilary Mantel’s novel, the exterior of Lacock Abbey represented Wolf Hall, the Seymour family seat, while the interiors of fellow National Trust property Great Chalfield Manor stood in for Austin Friars, home of Thomas Cromwell. War Horse (2011) – Often referred to as ‘the prettiest village in England’, stunning Castle Combe played a major role in War Horse and featured in Stardust, The Wolf Man and Dr Dolittle. The Young Victoria (2009) – In Momentum Pictures’ film about the life of Queen Victoria, Wilton House doubled not only as Prince Albert’s home, Rosenau Castle, but also as Buckingham Palace.

Pride & Prejudice (2005) – In this cinema version of the Jane Austen classic, viewers will recognise not only Wilton House – which doubled as Pemberley, the family seat of Mr Darcy – but also the magnificent gardens at Stourhead, where Elizabeth Bennett initially rejects his proposal of marriage. Chocolat (2000) – River scenes from this film featuring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp were filmed at Fonthill Lake, near the charming village of Fonthill Bishop on the Fonthill Estate. Sense & Sensibility (1995) – The National Trust’s Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close achieved celebrity status as the London home of Mrs Jennings, while the Double Cube Room at Wilton House was used for ballroom scenes in the film. Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) – The Wiltshire town of Devizes featured as Casterbridge in this major hit starring Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Alan Bates and Terence Stamp. Other big screen films featuring Wiltshire locations include The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). TV series filmed at various places around the county include: Agatha Raisin (2015), Galavant series two (2015), Outlander series two (2015), The Hollow Crown series two (2014), And Then There Were None (2015) and The Royals series one (2013), plus Doctor Who (2010), The Victorian Farm (2009), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2008) and various episodes of Time Team. Sherlock ‘The Abominable Bride’ was filmed at Longleat, which has also hosted various series of Animal Park, while Salisbury Cathedral was the inspiration behind TV mini-series Pillars of the Earth. For more information go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/film

Filming Poldark in Corsham

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Tomb Raider (2018) – A new film, due for release this year, will feature Wilton House.

Cranford (2007) – The village of Lacock, with its 15th century cottages and inns, was the backdrop to this BBC production.

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Over 100 stores, selling a wide range of high street and designer labels, at up to 60% off recommended retail prices. Plus cafés, restaurants and children’s activities. All housed in the tastefully converted Grade II listed buildings of Brunel’s former Great Western Railway works. This is where the past meets the present, so keep an eye out for clues to the building’s fascinating history. On a rather different scale, the quintessentially English towns of Marlborough and Bradford on Avon are popular choices for stylish stores in a cosmopolitan setting. Many of the Bath stone buildings on Corsham’s High Street are independent businesses, providing irresistible retail opportunities. And what the village of Tisbury lacks in size it more than makes up for with its unique selection of interesting independent shops. Elsewhere, in historic towns across the county, numerous small, family-run outlets continue to thrive too. Offering a relaxed and unhurried shopping experience. As they’ve been doing for generations. If there were an award for the most unusual shopping location it would surely go to Avebury. Not, you might think, the most obvious place to unleash your credit card. Yet here, within the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, you’ll find not one, but two charming businesses: The Henge Shop and Elements of Avebury.

Elsewhere around Wiltshire, popular centres serve visitors and local communities alike. As befits a county famous for its local produce there are plenty of farm shops to choose from. Allington Farm Shop near Chippenham, Neston Park Farm Shop near Melksham, and Berwick Farm Shop near Salisbury. Cask and bottled beer can be bought from the Box Steam Brewery near Trowbridge. Or find local ales and vodka at Ramsbury Brewery and Distillery near Marlborough.

In Malmesbury you can bid for your chosen lots at Hillditch auction house, or stock up on plants, seeds and garden items at Foxley Road Nurseries. PA Oxley near Calne is a treasure trove of antique clocks and barometers. In Salisbury you’ll find an eclectic range of shops at the Cross Keys Arcade. Galleries, studios and workshops at Fisherton Mill. Organic toiletries at Neal’s Yard Remedies. Or fine lingerie at Annie’s Just Jane. Head to Chas H Baker for classic and contemporary menswear. Goodfayre for ethical goods. Ingrams for briefcases, handbags and luggage. Or Roly’s Fudge Pantry for the sweetest of treats. Indoor, outdoor and farmers’ markets… continental and Christmas markets… vintage, artisan and foodie markets… What better way to spend an hour or two than browsing the many stalls where every imaginable item is on offer. Top quality fruit and vegetables. Meat, fish, cheese and eggs. Haberdashery, clothes, jewellery and more. Top prize for the longest running market goes to Trowbridge, Wiltshire’s county town, where stallholders have been trading since the year 1200. These days, it’s on a Wednesday. Hot on its heels, history-wise, is Salisbury’s Charter Market, which has been coming to the city on Tuesdays and Saturdays (except the third Tuesday in October) for almost 800 years. Other bustling market towns include Amesbury (Wednesday), Bradford on Avon (Thursday), Calne (Friday), Chippenham (Friday and Saturday), Corsham (Tuesday), Devizes (Thursday), Marlborough (Wednesday and Saturday), Melksham (Tuesday), Pewsey (Tuesday), Royal Wootton Bassett (Wednesday), Warminster (Friday) and Wilton (Thursday). Up-to-date details of these and other markets can be found at visitwiltshire.co.uk/markets So. Designer brands: tick. High street names: tick. Shopping malls, markets and independent outlets: tick, tick and tick. Whatever your budget, when you visit Wiltshire it’s time to hit the shops!

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PLENTY TO

whet your appetite!

In Wiltshire, food matters. Here, we create food to feed the soul. Luckily, life moves at a gentler pace. Giving you time to savour the culinary magic conjured up by our chefs, bakers and brewers. Start the day by tucking into a hearty Wiltshire breakfast. Then linger over elevenses. Treat yourself to afternoon tea. While away the hours over a long lunch, or dinner with family and friends. No hurry. It’ll be ready in a Wiltshire minute. Sometimes celebrations are the order of the day, in which case you will want to sample the new Rick Stein restaurant in Marlborough. Or choose between The Bell at Ramsbury and The George & Dragon at Rowde, both of which have been awarded two AA Dining Rosettes. When you really want to push the boat out, look no further than the Red Lion Freehouse at East Chisenbury and The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Or the hotel restaurants at Lucknam Park near Chippenham and Whatley Manor near Malmesbury. All of which have won a coveted Michelin star (or two!). Wiltshire has a wealth of traditional specialities. Many recipes have been handed down through the generations and still taste as good as ever today. Malmesbury Pudding. Wiltshire Lardy Cake. Wiltshire Loaf. (That last one’s not a type of bread, by the way, it’s a cheese!) When it comes to local produce, our pedigree is second to none. Back in 18th century Calne, the long-established English technique of producing ham was invented by the Harris family. To be known thenceforth as the ‘Wiltshire Cure’. So bacon is sure to be on the menu. Home-made bread, jam and preserves are Wiltshire staples too. And, who knows, you could even find yourself eating the very eggs you collected fresh from the hens that morning. (Toasted ‘fingers’ dipped in golden yolk have never tasted so good!)

The Three Daggers at Edington. Or the Red Lion at Cricklade. Ramsbury Brewery & Distillery has recently added vodka to its repertoire, while gin lovers should head for the Bombay Sapphire distillery just across the border in Hampshire. Wiltshire is fortunate to have the freshest and the best produce right here on our doorstep. No surprise then that we set great store by our mouth-watering range of foodie events. Sample the beer festivals in Devizes (February and July), Chippenham and Malmesbury (April) and Swindon (October). Or savour the food and drink festivals in Devizes (May) and Calne, Melksham and Salisbury (September). Wander among an array of tempting stalls. Inhale the aromas of freshly-ground coffee and herbs. Eat your fill from sizzling sausages, barbecues or a hog roast. Then wash it all down with one of our lip-smacking local ales. Tunnel Vision… Bishop’s Tipple… Flint Knapper… in Wiltshire the names are almost as delicious as the brews themselves. For more inspiration go to www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/ food-and-drink

Rick Stein

A busy day’s sightseeing will probably leave you feeling a bit peckish. Which gives you the perfect excuse to take a break and savour the taste of Wiltshire. You’ll find coffee shops and tea rooms serving mouth-watering cakes and pastries. Ice cream, made on site using milk from the farm’s own cows. Not to mention an abundance of friendly inns offering tasty food and drink at reasonable prices. At restaurants, wine bars and bistros across the county, menus change with the seasons. Timeless classics and new favourites are crafted with care and attention. Every day. If you fancy sampling a home-grown pint or two, then keep an eye out for craft beers and ales from our local brewers. Wadworth Brewery, for example. Box Steam Brewery.

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ON COURSE

for a great day out!

They’ve been laying the odds at Salisbury since the early 1600s. Making Salisbury Racecourse one of England’s most historic. Thanks to a glorious location on the eastern edge of Cranborne Chase, it is also one of the most beautiful. These days there are sixteen flat race meetings between April and October including afternoon and evening fixtures. With the slender spire of Salisbury Cathedral soaring skywards in the distance, the views are as breathtaking as the racing. Wiltshire is a county where the horse is king and there’s no better site to find equine excellence than Barbury, which stages four thrilling steeplechasing meetings between November and April, and a renowned international horse trials in July. Together the five fixtures bring 30,000 equestrian enthusiasts to the stunning Marlborough downland to enjoy competitive racing and eventing. And so to golf. So many great clubs. So many outstanding reasons to visit Wiltshire. Top quality courses and an excellent range of facilities will, naturally, be top of your wish list. But, as you will see, with golf courses as with race courses, it’s also very much about the views. The meticulous 18-hole championship course at Bowood Golf and Country Club blends perfectly with woodland and undulating countryside, affording extraordinary vistas across rolling parkland towards the Cherhill White Horse. At Cumberwell Park Golf Club near

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Bradford on Avon, no less than five 9-hole courses are set within 700 acres of beautiful parkland, an elegant blend of rolling countryside, lakes and streams, natural copse and woodland. The 18 holes at Ogbourne Downs Golf Club are set amidst 200 acres of downland terrain, which make for a fabulous round – be sure to pause on the eighth tee to admire the impressive views towards Marlborough. High up on Cranborne Chase, Rushmore Golf Club’s 18 holes are a haven of peace and tranquillity, where there’s nothing to distract from your game but abundant wildlife and a spectacular outlook. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Golf Club is situated on the edge of this medieval city. With 27 holes and magnificent views of the cathedral spire, it is considered to be one of the south’s finest downland courses. From their hilltop position above Warminster the small greens and undulating approaches at 18-hole West Wilts Golf Club afford stunning panoramas across three counties. While Upavon Golf Club’s 18 holes offer magnificent views over Salisbury Plain and the Vale of Pewsey. Wiltshire’s golf courses have bags of history too. The 18-hole course at North Wiltshire Golf Club was established in 1890 - midway between Calne and Devizes, its sloping fairways and strategically placed bunkers will be a test of any golfer’s ability. Described by Peter Alliss as ‘a gem of a course on the edge of Salisbury Plain’, the lovely, tree-lined 18-hole course at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club was founded in 1908. If you feel the need to practice your swing, Sleight Valley Golf Driving Range on the outskirts of Devizes offers twelve floodlit bays, plus tuition with PGA professionals. An hour or two here is sure to pay dividends, ensuring that when you venture out on the course you’ll be right at the top of your game. So book some time off, pick a course, and find yourself some headspace. With affordable green fees, flexible timings, special offers and stay-and-play packages you have the perfect excuse to make a weekend of it.

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Barbury International Horse Trials

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North Wilts Golf Club Rushmore Golf Club

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Aerosaurus Balloons

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Live Escape Salisbury

Castle Combe Circuit Salisbury Plain Safaris

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HAVE yourself a big adventure! Sign up for a Salisbury Plain Safari and their iconic Land Rover Defender will transport you to far flung parts of the Wiltshire landscape. Parts which other vehicles cannot reach, inhabited by wildlife that exists only here. Take spectacular views of Europe’s largest expanse of chalk downland… throw in some rutted tracks, deep puddles and bumpy roads… add a splash or two of mud and you have all the makings of an expedition to write home about.

Skydiving. For adrenaline junkies it just doesn’t come better than this. Guaranteed to send your heartrate soaring, or your money back. Sounds like your perfect way to relax and unwind? Then team up with GoSkydive or Skydive Netheravon for a tandem skydive against the stunning backdrop of Salisbury Plain. Unrivalled excitement and exhilaration in the air, followed by elation and a real sense of achievement on landing. For experienced skydivers with over 200 jumps under their belt, Netheravon even offers wingsuiting – a whole new way to experience the freedom of the skies! If you’ve a head for heights, you might also want to give the Challenge Wall at Golden Gecko Climbing a go. This exciting 6-metre roped climb has 10 auto belays and over 40 routes of varying difficulty, so something for all abilities. Back on solid ground, Castle Combe Circuit’s Racing School Experiences give you the chance to drive real racing cars, on a real race circuit. Kick up some dust with a spin round the rally field. Or buckle up and enjoy one roller coaster of a passenger ride. For fans of karting Wessex Raceway has created one of the largest indoor tracks in Europe – free from pillars, ramps and bridges, it’s the ultimate karting experience. On the same site, Virtual Warfare is home to Battlefield Live. With massive ranges and ultrarealistic arenas, this is laser combat for the 21st century. A tactical game of team-based combat. Designed to make the blood freeze in your veins.

But remember, for each challenge you have just one hour, and time is fast running out…

But by no means all adventures have to be adrenaline-inducing, white knuckle rides. On a hot air balloon flight with Aerosaurus Balloons you can experience ‘lighter than air’ travel as you drift peacefully at dawn or dusk over Wiltshire’s timeless countryside. Throw in complimentary in-flight champagne and a post-flight certificate signed by your pilot, and you are all set for a truly memorable trip. Treasure hunts are another great way to have fun with friends and family. Treasure Trails offer challenges in over 20 locations around Wiltshire. Just download a self-guided booklet and set out on your expedition. Your mission: to find and solve intriguing clues on buildings, statues and monuments, revealing fascinating history and stunning scenery along the way. Alternatively, find your way around Salisbury the fun way with Text Quest. You receive a text with directions and a clue; reply with the right answer to receive the next clue. Pit your wits against other teams. Race against time. Or amble round at your own pace, enjoying the sights. However you play it, it’s time to don your virtual deerstalker and summon up your inner Sherlock Holmes.

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For those who prefer their activities wet and wild, the Cotswold Water Park offers windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, cable skiing and banana boating. While Team Pursuits offer a wide variety of activities for team building or fun group days out, including clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, archery, Segway safaris and rifle shooting. If you like to pit your wits against the clock, real life escape games have been taking the world by storm. Faced with an array of puzzles, riddles and clues, your team has to work quickly to solve the mystery and escape from captivity. Unique, interactive challenges are offered by Co-Decode, 11th Hour Escape Rooms, Live Escape Salisbury and Salisbury Escape Rooms. Themes change regularly, so choose your favourite and start sleuthing.

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SALISBURY

– the perfect historic city

Salisbury is Wiltshire’s only city... and what a beautiful city it is! The ideal fusion of ancient and modern. Where medieval magnificence meets contemporary culture.

will feel right at home in their favourite stores. While an excellent range of individual retailers sell individual items you won’t find on every high street.

The Cathedral Close is an oasis of calm. To enter here is to step back in time. To feel the weight of history seeping from every pore. Sheltered behind its massive walls, as well as the Cathedral itself, are The Salisbury Museum where you can marvel at finds from Stonehenge; the National Trust’s Mompesson House which featured in the award-winning film of Sense and Sensibility; Sir Edward Heath’s former home, Arundells, still looking much as it did when he was in residence; and The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum telling the story of these renowned local infantry regiments.

For hustle and bustle you can’t beat a good market and Salisbury has markets in abundance. Artisan, teenage and vintage markets, farmers’ and foodie Friday markets, Continental markets and the ever-popular Christmas Market – the Market Place and Guildhall Square are home to an exciting range of events year-round. Tuesdays and Saturdays are particularly busy when the popular Charter Market rolls in*, drawing people to the city as it’s been doing for almost 800 years.

Alongside these award-winning attractions, first rate festivals join forces with leading arts venues – including Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and City Hall Salisbury – to bring you top notch entertainment. With plenty going on throughout the day and into the early hours, Salisbury has been awarded Purple Flag status – the ‘gold standard’ for a great night out. The historic heart of the city retains its medieval layout, with many of the original street names preserved, and it is here that you will find the Parish Church of St Thomas with its magnificent Doom Painting. If you’re feeling peckish mid-morning or afternoon, tempting tearooms and relaxing coffee shops will tide you over till lunch or dinner. For a pint of the local brew there are friendly pubs and riverside inns. Or for something more substantial Salisbury has restaurants to suit all tastes, pockets and occasions. Shopaholics

With plenty of parks and green spaces Salisbury is ideal for a picnic. At the meeting point of five rivers it’s great for romantic strolls too. On the northern outskirts of the city you’ll find Old Sarum (the original site of Salisbury), while Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Salisbury Racecourse and the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge are also on the doorstep. London Waterloo is just 90 minutes away by train, so Salisbury makes a great base for visiting Wiltshire – you’ll be here in no time. Just go to visitsalisbury.co.uk for a comprehensive guide to the city and surrounding areas. Or download VisitWiltshire’s free Salisbury App by searching ‘Salisbury’ in the App Store or on Google Play. *Except the third Tuesday in October

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The Poultry Cross

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Quintessentially English:

TIMELESS Towns and Villages Stylish independent shops and colourful markets. Fascinating history and heritage. Great entertainment. Tempting pubs and restaurants. Wiltshire’s historic towns and villages are friendly, relaxed and welcoming. Each with something unique to offer. In all four corners of the county you’ll find an excellent range of accommodation to suit all budgets. So come and spend time in Wiltshire: the home of timeless experiences.

Amesbury It’s hard to imagine what life would have been like over 10,000 years ago. But Amesbury has a history dating back to 8,820BC. Think of the stories this place has to tell. Then find out more at the town’s History Centre. Amesbury nestles in a loop of the meandering River Avon and is close to the ancient wonders of Stonehenge and Woodhenge. www.amesburytowncouncil.gov.uk

Bradford on Avon Perched on the edge of the Cotswolds is the honey-coloured gem of Bradford on Avon. Packed with buildings from centuries past, many reflecting its textile heritage. Wander across the ancient Town Bridge or along the Kennet & Avon Canal. Marvel at the Saxon Church and the 14th century Tithe Barn. Numerous lovely shops and restaurants add to its charm and variety. www.bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk

Calne For a small town, Calne packs in a lot of history. Its story is one of drovers’ trails and coach roads. The rise and fall of canal and rail travel. The legacy of woollen broadcloth. It’s where the traditional English technique of producing ham and bacon – the Wiltshire Cure – was invented. Also where oxygen was discovered. Visit the heritage quarter to experience each chapter of its past. www.calne.gov.uk

Castle Combe The perfect English hamlet. Arguably ‘the prettiest village in England’. Also a film maker’s favourite, featuring regularly on the big screen in films such as Stardust, The Wolf Man and War Horse. In short, unmissable.

Chippenham This busy market town has much to recommend it. A wealth of historic buildings, the beautifully maintained John Coles Park and modern shopping centres. The Neeld Community and Arts Centre, Chippenham Museum, and Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. The River Avon forms a peaceful backdrop for walking and cycling, and nearby are the villages of Lacock and Castle Combe, as well as major attractions including Bowood. www.chippenham.gov.uk

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Corsham Corsham developed from Saxon origins into a prosperous town thanks to the wool trade and the quarrying of golden Bath stone. Home to quirky independent shops, the historic High Street contains properties from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries with the 350-year-old Almshouses at one end and stately Corsham Court at the other. The town also starred, as Truro, in BBC One’s Poldark. www.corsham.gov.uk/visit

Cricklade Lying at the southern gateway to the Cotswold Water Park is the first town on the River Thames. An historic Saxon Town with over 100 listed buildings, including the medieval St Sampson’s Church. There is free parking with opportunities to shop, eat and drink as you stroll around the Heritage Trail, explore the North Meadow Nature Reserve or walk parts of the Thames Path. www.crickladetowncouncil.gov.uk

Devizes This historic market town has a colourful medieval past and a rich heritage of fine Georgian houses. The town has kept its character, with many small, family-run businesses and a good, traditional market bustling with fresh food, crafts and curios. Home to both the Wiltshire Museum and Wadworth Brewery, Devizes stands on the Kennet & Avon Canal, with the flight of 29 locks at Caen Hill close by. www.devizes-tc.gov.uk

Lacock A stunning National Trust village. Here, cottages and inns dating back to the 15th century have formed a breathtaking backdrop to many film and TV classics, from Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter.

Ludgershall Were you to delve into the Domesday Book of 1086 you would find a listing for this small town on the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain. Dating from the late 11th century, Ludgershall Castle was originally a royal hunting lodge; today its ruins are in the care of English Heritage. From the castle grounds there are splendid views, and local walks to nearby Collingbourne Woods. www.ludgershalltc.org.uk

Malmesbury Reputedly England’s oldest borough, this vibrant market town has much to discover. The stunning 12th century Abbey and Abbey House Gardens. Unique shops and a weekly market at the original Market Cross. Walk along the River Avon. Visit fabulous cafés, restaurants, pubs and hotels. Enjoy music, history, arts and garden events. Discovering Malmesbury is a magical journey. In fact, you may never want to leave. www.discovermalmesbury.life

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Marlborough Set in beautiful countryside, this handsome former staging post has evolved into a stylish and cosmopolitan town with its own café culture, offering lots of choice to visitors. With a twice-weekly market, its wide High Street is lined with characterful old buildings housing an array of high quality shops, pubs and restaurants. Don’t forget to explore the side streets, riverside parks and green spaces too. www.marlborough-tc.gov.uk

Melksham Melksham evolved at a ford across the River Avon and is served by excellent bus routes and a railway station. At the heart of a rural community, its friendly town centre is full of independent shops and plenty of cafés. Melksham is renowned for having spectacular Christmas lights and the busy community calendar ensures that there is always something going on. www.melkshamtown.co.uk

Mere In 1651 Charles II rested here after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. Today you can still enjoy a welcome break in this delightful spot with its many amenities. There is excellent walking, cycling and horse riding in the surrounding landscape, which is characterised by the Lynchets, ridges formed by ancient ploughing. The spectacular National Trust house and garden at Stourhead are nearby. www.merechamberoftrade.co.uk

Tidworth The small town of Tidworth lies close to the Wiltshire/ Hampshire border. If you are travelling through, keep an eye out for clues to its long and interesting history. The Iron Age earthworks on Sidbury Hill, the Norman church of Holy Trinity, the thatched cottages, Station Road, St Mary’s Church and Tedworth House all stand testament to the centuries of this town’s existence. www.tidworthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Tisbury The picturesque village of Tisbury has been a settlement for over 2,000 years. With a mainline railway station and an excellent choice of independent shops, it makes a superb base for walking, riding and cycling. Visit Old Wardour Castle just three miles away and the excellent medieval tithe barn at Place Farm, recently re-opened as a stunning centre for the arts. www.tisbury-wiltshire-pc.gov.uk

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Trowbridge Trowbridge is Wiltshire’s only Magna Carta Baron town. Unique industrial architecture showcases its rich past as a centre for woollen cloth production. Today it boasts many independent retailers, quality markets, an Odeon cinema, family restaurants and a Premier Inn. As well as a vibrant heritage and arts scene. Excellent transport links including mainline connections to Bath, Bristol, Dorset and London. www.trowbridge.gov.uk

Vale of Pewsey With lush meadows, downland and the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Vale of Pewsey makes a great base for walking, cycling and riding. You’ll find charming thatched cottages, peaceful villages and a wide range of places to eat, drink and shop, as well as Pewsey Heritage Centre, Crofton Beam Engines and Wilton Windmill. Mainline railway stations at Great Bedwyn and Pewsey connect to London Paddington and the South West. www.visitpewseyvale.co.uk

Warminster Warminster is a busy, friendly market town with many fine Georgian buildings and a wide variety of independent shops, cafés, restaurants and inns. Head to the Lake Pleasure Grounds for tennis courts, a putting green and a boating lake, or enjoy Smallbrook Meadows Nature Reserve. Longleat and Stourhead are nearby, while excellent road, rail and bus links bring Bath and Salisbury within easy reach. www.warminstercommunityhub.co.uk

Westbury On the edge of Salisbury Plain, watched over by the famous White Horse, discover Westbury, a Domesday listed town. Follow our Blue Plaque Trail to see the medieval heart, a Victorian pool and fascinating early industrial heritage. There’s a lively mix of shops, pubs and restaurants, surrounded by stunning countryside with many outdoor activities. All on the main Paddington-Penzance and Portsmouth-Cardiff train lines. www.westburytowncouncil.gov.uk www.westburyvisitorcentre.co.uk

Wilton Once the ancient capital of Wessex, the quintessentially English market town of Wilton nestles at the confluence of the rivers Nadder and Wylye. Within a short walk of the Market Square and St Mary’s Ruin you will find the famous Italianate Church, a delightful riverside walk, the stately home of Wilton House and the factory outlets of Wilton Shopping Village. www.wiltontown.com

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As you would expect from a county of such outstanding natural beauty, Wiltshire has plenty of indigenous wildlife. The shy, retiring water-vole, for example, and the great bustard, now successfully re-introduced after an absence of many years. What you might be surprised to learn is that Wiltshire has all manner of exotic creatures too. Lions for example. Tigers. And a whole menagerie of other majestic animals. Because Longleat – with its Elizabethan house, ‘Capability’ Brown parkland, hedge maze and more – was also Britain’s first ever safari park. Here you can walk on the wild side with lemurs. Check out the Jungle Cruise. Hunt the pack in Wolf Wood. And don’t miss the chance to feed the animals, including sea lions, deer and rainbow lorikeets. At Cotswold Wildlife Park, too, you have a real sense of being in the wild. Look rhinos in the eye, with nothing but a ha-ha between you. Explore the Tropical House to find free-roaming sloths, birds and bats. Take a ride on Bella the Train. Or explore the Skymaze treehouse adventure playground. There’s time for a taste of the tropics, too, on a visit to Studley Grange. Roam amongst beautiful butterflies. Cringe at creepy crawlies. Or go see the guinea pigs, geese and goats. Meerkats Thelma, Louise and JD will be thrilled to make your acquaintance. For young children, a visit to one of our smaller animal parks is a must. Roves Farm offers fun for all the family, come rain or shine. Meet and feed the farm animals. Take a free tractor and trailer ride, or unleash your creative side at a craft session. Den building and outdoor adventure play are on the agenda too, and if the kids have any energy left they can burn it off at the activity barn, ball pond and bouncy castle. Rides on Cholderton Charlie’s eponymous tractor are a sure-fire hit. As are the peaktime pig races and chick or rabbit handling sessions. The ‘aah’ factor continues with more baby animals to meet and greet. Plus exquisite rare breeds like Golden Guernsey goats and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs. Indoor and outdoor play areas, sandpits and trampolines complete the picture. Farm vehicles are the order of the day at Bowood too. Here, Tractor Ted’s Little Farm offers plenty to enjoy both inside and out. Handle rabbits, stroke lambs and see newly hatched chicks. Tackle the mini tractor track and diggers in the den. Then, if you’re all worn you out, take time out to watch Tractor Ted on film.

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For birds of prey fans, Forest Falconry offers a totally hands-on experience. Handle, train and hunt with some of nature’s most spectacular birds, including hawks, falcons and owls. Or head for the Hawk Conservancy Trust. With up to three world-class flying displays each day, it’s a full-on family adventure. Over 150 birds of prey are on view, and every visitor can hold one! Langford Lakes nature reserve attracts a whole host of wild birds, the species depending on the season. Watch as grebes shake their heads in dramatic courtship displays. Look out for Canada geese and tufted duck. Spy the turquoise flash of a kingfisher. Or glimpse the spectacular osprey. Even the endangered and elusive bittern has been spotted creeping silently through the reeds. Cotswold Water Park is a great year-round destination too: 150 lakes set over 40 square miles; lovely off-road cycle routes; miles of peaceful footpaths; fantastic birdwatching opportunities and wonderful wildlife, from orchids and fritillaries to dragonflies and bats.

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WILTSHIRE

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Stonehenge… Avebury… Old Sarum… Wiltshire’s history has been thousands of years in the making. Our archaeological inheritance is second to none. Where better, then, to unearth the secrets of our journey through time than at one of the county’s award-winning museums? Wiltshire’s museums are bursting with treasured exhibits of outstanding national importance. A world-class gallery of archaeology at The Salisbury Museum is home to one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts. The Monkton Deverill Gold Torc, for example, recovered from a Bronze Age burial mound, and the grave of the ‘Amesbury Archer’, the richest Beaker burial in Britain. Galleries at Wiltshire Museum in Devizes cover 500,000 years of Wiltshire’s history. From the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age eras, through to Roman, Saxon and Medieval times. Displays in ‘Gold from the Time of Stonehenge’ feature remarkable finds excavated from the prehistoric landscapes of the World Heritage Site. For further evidence of Roman occupation in Wessex look no further than the Roman Baths in Bath, home to the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and finds from Roman Bath. Amesbury, on the southern edge of Salisbury Plain, is the nearest town to Stonehenge and close to the ancient monuments

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of Woodhenge, the Cursus, the Avenue and Durrington Walls. Recent excavations suggest that the town may date back more than 10,000 years, and a collection of Mesolithic artefacts can be found at Amesbury History Centre. Iron Age hill forts are a recurring feature of the Wiltshire landscape. Among them you will find Barbury Castle on the North Wessex Downs. Battlesbury Camp, one of the best preserved in the county. Bratton Castle, home to an even older Neolithic long barrow. Cley Hill, Britain’s UFO capital, with hundreds of sightings since the mid-1960s. Oldbury Castle, overlooking the Cherhill White Horse. Visit at sunrise or sunset. Pause for a while on the ramparts. See how the atmosphere alters with the light. Wonder at the ever changing big sky and reflect on the generations who have stood in this very spot before you. For further inspiration, view our ancient hillforts film here: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/videos On the northern outskirts of Salisbury stands the massive earthwork now known as Old Sarum. Having begun life as a Neolithic community some 5,000 years ago, it later evolved into an Iron Age hill fort. Subsequently inhabited by Romans, Saxons and Normans, it finally developed into a flourishing medieval settlement – the original city of Salisbury. Today you can see the ruins of a royal palace, a castle and no less than two earlier cathedrals. Fascinating as it is, Wiltshire is home to more than ancient history. Later civilisations have also left their mark, bequeathing tangible connections with the past. Ludgershall Castle, for example, built as a fortress in the late 11th century: once a royal hunting lodge with a great hall, tower and domestic apartments; now a glorious ruin. Old Wardour Castle, dating from the 14th century: badly damaged in the English Civil War; today providing a picturesque lakeside setting for picnics. 14th century Farleigh Hungerford Castle on the Somerset border: formerly a fortified mansion; still housing rare Medieval wall paintings and lead ‘death mask’ coffins to this day. Take the opportunity to touch and feel the past for yourself. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, drawn to Wiltshire down the ages. Write your own chapter in our never ending story.

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Bowood

“Magnificent homes in glorious surroundings”

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Wiltshire has an outstanding collection of grand country estates, spanning the centuries. As stately homes and gardens go, they don’t come much finer than this. These residences of the well-todo are the perfect places to connect with the past whilst enjoying the present. Set against the drama and majesty of the Wiltshire countryside, their equally outstanding surroundings – from acres of landscaped parkland to intimate formal and informal gardens – are the perfect antidote to our overcrowded cities. Arguably first among equals is the National Trust’s Stourhead. Designed in the 18th century by ‘Henry the Magnificent’ it has been described as a living work of art. At its heart is a glorious lake, where the reflections of classical temples and grottoes shimmer in its waters. Home to many rare and exotic trees, the garden is open all year and from March to October (as well as in the run up to Christmas) you can also visit the Palladian mansion of Stourhead House. Lydiard House, at the opposite end of the county, is another Palladian jewel, renowned for its elegant state rooms, original family furnishings and Elizabethan portraits. It is surrounded by 260 acres of parkland, with a lake and 18th century walled garden. As you might expect, legendary horticultural genius Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was also hard at work in 18th century Wiltshire. Indeed, his breathtaking pastoral settings provide the perfect backdrop for many of Wiltshire’s finest properties. At Bowood the impressive 18th century house designed by Robert Adam is set against a flowing mix of woodlands and lawns sloping down to a winding lake, created by the man himself. Longleat House, an outstanding example of high Elizabethan architecture, is surrounded by 900 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. While the 22 acres of parkland at Wilton House are also said to owe much to his brilliance as a landscape architect. Designers of note have left their mark in more recent times too. The Grade I listed house and enchanting riverside gardens at Kelmscott Manor were the Cotswold retreat of William Morris: poet, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. An Arts and Crafts garden also surrounds 15th century Great Chalfield Manor near Melksham – familiar

to many as a TV location from Wolf Hall and Poldark. Thanks to the vision of General Pitt Rivers, Larmer Tree is an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance, perfectly set amid the timeless downland of Cranborne Chase. Straddling the river beside the 12th century Abbey Church in Malmesbury, the 5 acres at Abbey House Gardens have been restored in recent years by the Pollard family (better known as ‘The Naked Gardeners’). While The Peto Garden at Iford Manor, with its romantic Italianate gardens cut into the hillside, provides an Edwardian version of Tuscany. In the timeless setting of Salisbury Cathedral Close, the walled garden at Mompesson House is a perfect match for this charming Queen Anne mansion. If walled gardens are horticultural heaven, walled gardens with water frontage are doubly so, and the Close is home to two such riverside gems at Arundells, home of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, and The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum. Dating from the 15th century, with golden stone walls and lichened grey rooves, Chavenage House near Tetbury in Gloucestershire is the perfect vision of a Cotswold manor. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border has the largest number of Champion Trees in the British Isles, as well as 42,000 plants from around the world. Just a quick hop over the Wiltshire border into Gloucestershire, the 600 acres at Westonbirt Arboretum are another record-breaker, with one of the world’s finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs. Tea rooms are an added bonus at many of Wiltshire’s stately homes and gardens and no visit is complete without taking time to sample some of the tasty treats on offer. After all, what could be more tempting – or indeed, more quintessentially English – than a delicious cream tea on the terrace?

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MADE IN Wiltshire Many Wiltshire towns owe their modern day prosperity to the production of woollen broadcloth in centuries past. With the exception of Wilton Carpets the textile industry is long gone. But outstanding examples of industrial architecture remain, providing tangible bonds with the past.

In its textile manufacturing heyday, Bradford on Avon was home to more than 30 cloth factories. Today, the towering walls of Abbey Mill still flank the river, while the cottages once inhabited by spinners and weavers can be seen clinging to the hillside above. In Trowbridge the history of weaving dates back over 1,000 years. The result is a rich architectural legacy ranging from the late-16th to the mid-19th century. Trowbridge Museum (closing June 2018 for renovation) has a fascinating collection relating to West Country woollen cloth production, including working looms. When you visit, why not channel your inner artisan and have a go at handloom weaving for yourself? Waterways, too, were vital to the Wiltshire economy in years gone by. Now beautifully restored, the Kennet & Avon Canal runs right across the centre of the county. During the Industrial Revolution it was a key means of transport for goods and materials; today it makes a peaceful and unhurried way to enjoy Wiltshire’s timeless scenery. Walk or cycle along the towpath. Relax aboard a colourful narrow boat. Or take to the water in a canoe. In the course of your journey along and around the canal you will come across some

amazing industrial archaeology. The flight of 29 locks at Caen Hill on the edge of Devizes, for example – an astonishing feat of engineering. Crofton Beam Engines, just outside Marlborough – 200 years old, yet still capable of performing their original job. Or nearby Wilton Windmill, the only working windmill in Wessex, still grinding flour for sale. For further inspiration, view our Kennet & Avon Canal film here: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/videos Wiltshire has long been renowned for its local ales. Happily for us, the brewing industry here survives to this day. Founded in 1875, Wadworth Brewery continues to operate from its original home in Devizes town centre. Its mighty Shire horses, still used for deliveries, are guaranteed to raise a smile as they pull their barrelladen brewer’s dray around the streets. On a guided tour you can meet these gentle giants, see sign writers at work, and learn how traditional ales are made. Then round off your visit with a tutored sampling session. Cheers! In 1835 Isambard Kingdom Brunel chose to site the factory for his Great Western Railway in Swindon. Today, the Grade II listed buildings of the former railway works make a fitting home for STEAM Museum. So step back in time … try out the interactive exhibits… and discover the story of the men and women who built and operated this iconic line. Swindon & Cricklade Railway provides further opportunities for keen train enthusiasts to turn back the clock and experience our railway heritage. Wiltshire’s manufacturing legacy continues at Hillbrush, in Mere, where they’ve been making cleaning equipment since 1922. Their recently opened visitor centre, Visit Hillbrush, includes a brush museum (the only one in the UK!) as well as a gift shop, restaurant and coffee bar.

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Further links with the past can be found at Wiltshire’s local museums. Calne Heritage Centre tells the story of the town and its surrounding area. Chippenham Museum highlights aspects of trade and industry, including a working model of a flourmill. While displays at Royal Wootton Bassett Museum depict the town’s social, rural, commercial and industrial history.

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Army Regiments and the Story of Flight Wiltshire has archaeological museums of great renown. Equally fascinating, but possibly less well known, are collections in and around the county with a different tale to tell. Revealing the ingenuity and endeavour of Britain’s armed forces from centuries past to the present day, three of our museums trace the history of a particular corps or regiment. Opened in 2017, REME Museum in Lyneham is the latest addition to the Wiltshire stable. With a collection housing over 100,000 items, its remit is to preserve the heritage of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Here, you’ll find over 100 military vehicles and more than 1,700 medals. Over 950 weapons and more than 2,000 items of uniform. Plus an extensive archive of letters, pamphlets and photographs, paintings, instruction manuals and vehicle specifications. The Rifles, Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury showcases the exploits of the infantry of these two local regiments, from 1743 until the present day. There are over 36,000 items in its collection, including many fascinating photographs. The Royal Signals Museum near Blandford Forum traces the history of the British Army’s battlefield communications. From the introduction of the telegraph in the Crimea, via espionage and satellites, to today’s digital battlefields of cyberspace and electronic warfare. Interactive exhibits help bring history to life. So drive a full size truck through a virtual world, set up a radio and satellite network, or send and receive messages in Morse Code.

There are opportunities to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with vehicles from yesteryear too. If you’ve always longed to sit behind the wheel of an iconic car, Vintage Classics can make your dream come true. Timeless models available to hire include the Audi Ur Quattro Turbo (as featured in the BBC’s Ashes to Ashes), the Jaguar MKII (of Inspector Morse fame), and many other models from Austen and Alfa Romeo to Triumph and Daimler. Most of the exhibits at Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum in Calne are cars from the 1920s onwards. But you’ll also find motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles. A model lorry collection. A reconstructed 1930s style garage complete with vehicles. Plus a range of interesting motoring memorabilia.

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The story of flight is well documented too. Boscombe Down Aviation Collection near Salisbury is a working museum housed in a historic World War One hangar. Here, over 100 exhibits, including 30 aircraft, bring the history of test flight in the UK to life. Sit in a cockpit, dress up in a flight suit and helmet, imagine yourself as a fighter pilot, and watch ongoing restoration on real aircraft. Telling the story of British soldiers in the air, the Museum of Army Flying sits beside the busy Army Air Corps Airfield at Middle Wallop, near Salisbury. Exhibits housed in two large hangars include over 35 fixed wing and rotary aircraft, while displays range from the pioneering era of balloons and kites through to modernday helicopter operations. Fleet Air Arm Museum, near Yeovil tells the story of the Royal Navy in the air and houses the largest collection of aircraft in Europe. Here you can encounter aviation history from the early pioneering years to today’s high tech air power. Climb aboard the first British Concorde. Or take a trip on a replica aircraft carrier with the ‘HMS Ark Royal Experience’. Fleet Air Arm Museum

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FIND YOUR IDEAL home from home

These days, it seems, you’re always on the go. Someone’s always on your case. Always wants your time. Wiltshire is the perfect antidote to busy lives and overcrowded cities. Here you can breathe more easily. Feel unhurried. Relax and unwind. So make time for yourself and let Wiltshire put back what the rest of the week takes out. You’ll be here in no time. What could be more timeless than the English B&B experience? Cosy rooms, thatched roofs, and a hearty English breakfast made from local produce to start the day. Spend time together at a perfect bed and breakfast, in a perfect Wiltshire village. Combining charm and character, a friendly bar, delicious evening meals and maybe a roaring fire in the grate, our pubs and inns are just what the doctor ordered. So, too, our restaurants with rooms. (If you’re not familiar with these, the clue is in the name!) For many people, holiday heaven means waking up to the sounds of the countryside. Home-made bread, local honey, and eggs straight from the hen. If this describes you to a T, a Farm Stay property could be the perfect fit. Some are on working farms, others simply in farm locations. Chances are, you’ll be able to take your best friend along too, as many are happy to welcome dogs... or even horses!

With comfortable two, three and four star options we have hotels to suit every pocket. Some in the city centre. Others more rural and remote. Several with AA Dining Rosettes. Wherever you lay your head, you’ll sleep soundly and wake refreshed. Ready for another busy day enjoying Wiltshire’s timeless pleasures. At the upper end of the market our breathtaking country house hotels are the ultimate in indulgence. Excellent facilities and levels of comfort and service that are second to none. Some offer Michelinstar dining. Others a luxurious spa, on-site golf course or their own riding stables. Many are surrounded by acres of beautiful English parkland. Take time out and treat yourself. No expense spared. When was the last time you went away with the kids? If you crave some family time, give one of our self-catering properties a go. A converted stable or barn, maybe, with inglenook fireplace and flagstone floors. Or a city centre property, all amenities close to hand. Come and go as you please. Eat out or cater for yourself. If your thing is to do your own thing, these offer the last word in flexibility. For a taste of the country life, nothing beats spending the night under a canopy of stars. Which is where our campsites come into their own. Just park your caravan, pitch your tent, or pull up in your motorhome. If you value your creature comforts yet hanker for something a little out of the ordinary, a spot of glamping in a canvas lodge will fit the bill nicely. Or snuggle up close in a glamping pod. When nothing but the ultimate countryside experience will do, get in touch with your rural roots and spend the night in a traditional shepherd’s hut. Because there you have it. The great outdoors. Right on your doorstep.

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CHOOSING AND

booking your accommodation

Hopefully the information contained within these pages has whetted your appetite and inspired you to visit Wiltshire in 2018… All you need to do now is find somewhere to stay.

To help you on your way, a selection of accommodation is featured on pages 47-57 of this guide. If you can’t see exactly what you’re looking for there, a wider choice of places to stay can be found on our website. As you would expect, our website has an extensive range of hotels, bed & breakfasts and self-catering cottages to choose from. Farm stay properties, caravan and campsites are also featured, or if you fancy something a little different you’ll find canvas lodges, glamping pods and shepherd’s huts. Getting started is easy: just go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/ accommodation on your mobile, laptop or tablet and click on the ‘Accommodation’ tab. You can search by location and/or type of accommodation, narrow the search by adding keywords, filter by price, room type or facilities, and check availability for your preferred dates.

Once you’ve found somewhere you like the look of, the next step is to check out its full details online, as comprehensive information is provided for each property. We also highlight details of what’s nearby – from attractions, events and activities to shopping and eating out, including distances from your chosen accommodation – and once you have made your decision you can add it to your itinerary. That’s all there is to it. Planning your short break or holiday to Wiltshire using our website couldn’t be easier... especially as you can now also book tickets online, before you arrive, for lots of places to visit and things to do - just go to visitwiltshire. co.uk/shop And finally... check the Events Calendar on pages 12-13 of this guide to see what’s on while you’re here, and don’t forget to keep an eye on the Special Offers page on our website for a range of seasonal escapes, activity breaks, last minute deals and more!

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The Lock Inn Café has been home of the famous Boatman’s Breakfast since1990. The café offers a vast lunch, snack and evening menu, a canalside garden, good beer, wines and coffee. Our Kitchen is open All Day, Every Day. Frome Road, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE

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Bike and Canoe Hire on the Kennet and Avon Canal is available from Towpath Trail. We have high quality bikes, trailers, canoes and everything else the family may need for a day messing EFSYXSRXLIPIZIPERHXVEJ½GJVIIGEREPXS[TEXL including snacks, ice creams, barista coffees and a range of cycling and canal giftware. Frome Road, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE

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SLEEP

Widbrook Barns offers self contained, comfortable B&B barns and family suites. Families, couples, singles and business travellers are all most welcome. Guests also have the option of more unusual Gypsy Caravan and Shepherd’s Hut stays. Widbrook, Bradford on Avon BA15 1UD

www.widbrookbarns.co.uk • 01225 865049

SHOP

Our newly expanded TT Cycles store is now Wiltshire’s premier bike shop with a vast range of parts, clothing and accessories and possibly the most extensive range of bikes for all disciplines. We have a fully equipped workshop (and Shimano Service Centre) to service or build your bike, or just help to keep you on the road. Finance and Cycle Scheme available too. Elms Cross Business Park, Bradford on Avon BA15 2AY

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BRADFORD ON AVON, TROWBRIDGE AND VILLAGES The Peto Garden at Iford Manor Bradford on Avon

Bradford On Avon

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BEST WESTERN LEIGH PARK COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & VINEYARD Leigh Road West, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2RA T: 01225 864885 E: info@leighparkhotel.co.uk www.leighparkhotel.co.uk

CUMBERWELL COUNTRY COTTAGES Great Cumberwell Farm, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2PQ T: 01225 869230 E: enquiries@cumberwellcountrycottages.com www.cumberwellcountrycottages.com Mr Alistair James

Relaxing, informal venue with its own walled garden and vineyard, only 15 minutes’ drive from the Georgian city of Bath. Stunning views over the Wiltshire Downs. Ideal for weddings, meetings and conferences.

Seven unique, luxurious and spacious self-catering cottages set in a peaceful, rural location on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, only 5 miles from Bath and 1 mile from Bradford on Avon.

Bedrooms 38 Bathrooms 38 en suite Room only (B&B available) S £88-£95 D £98-£175 T £98-£175 F £130-£175

Bedrooms 1 or 2 per unit Sleeps Between 2-4 in seven cottages Prices £265-£855

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Steeple Ashton

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CHURCH FARM COUNTRY COTTAGES AND THE OLD GRANARY Winsley, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2JH T: 01225 722246 E: stay@churchfarmcottages.com www.churchfarmcottages.com

COACHMAN’S COTTAGE Vicarage Lane, Steeple Ashton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6HH T: 01380 870764 E: stay@coachmans-cottage.com www.coachmans-cottage.com Penny Hornsey

Well-equipped cottages and a delightful granary (3/4 mile) on working sheep farm. Pub, farm shop and café 500m. Bath 5 miles. Longleat 12 miles. Indoor pool, games room, free WiFi.

Quintessential English village. Classic country cottage. All ground floor accommodation. Fully equipped for 4 guests. Courtyard garden. WiFi. Pub. Village shop. Near Bath, Stonehenge and Longleat.

7 Cottages: Four 4-person and three 2-person cottages. £245£695 short break; £345-£1,295 per week. Old Granary: Sleeps up to 12. Short breaks from £995-£2,295; £2,595-£3,495 per week.

Bedrooms 2 Sleeps 4 Prices £545-£795 12

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CALNE, DEVIZES AND VILLAGES Calne

Derry Hill

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THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL The Strand, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0EH T: 01249 812488 E: Lansdowne@arkells.com www.lansdownestrand.co.uk

BOWOOD HOTEL, SPA AND GOLF RESORT, Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9PQ T: 01249 822228 E: resort@bowood.org www.bowood.org

This historic hotel, a Grade II listed building, was built in the 16th century as an important coaching inn, and was also home to a local brewery for a time. The courtyard still has its medieval brew house.

Golf nearby. Secure parking within the hotel courtyard. Close to famous chalk white horses. Pets welcome.

Situated on the stunning Bowood Estate, just outside Chippenham, all the bedrooms are individually designed in a contemporary house style using heritage colours. Relax in front of log fires in winter or on the terrace with a chilled glass of wine looking out over the surrounding parkland in summer. Choose between fine dining in the Shelburne Restaurant or more casual dining in the Clubhouse Brasserie. Bowood offers a luxurious spa for use by all guests and a wide selection of beauty treatments to indulge a little further. For those up for a challenge, Bowood is home to an 18-hole championship golf course. During your stay, explore the grounds of Bowood House and Gardens with complimentary access (during the open season). For an exclusive break away with friends and family, enjoy the privacy of Queenwood Lodge, with your own private chef and waiting staff.

Bedrooms 25 Bathrooms 25 en suite S £50 D £60-£70 F £60-£70 Tr £140

Bedrooms 43 Bathrooms 43 en suite S £130-£230 D £140-£240 Su £210-£330

The hotel is located on the A4, just 15 minutes from the M4 in this ancient Wiltshire market town. In 2017 the hotel received a major investment and upgrade. With 25 rooms, all en suite, two function rooms, two bars and a bistro, the Lansdowne is a wonderful place to eat and drink, with enticing open fires in the winter just calling for visitors to linger over a meal and a pint of real ale.

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Derry Hill

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VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: C3 QUEENWOOD LODGE, Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Derry Hill, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 9PQ T: 01249 822228 E: resort@bowood.org www.bowood.org Furnished to the highest standard Queenwood Lodge is rented out on an exclusive basis, giving you complete privacy. Perfect for groups of golfers, spa goers or friend and family breaks. Bedrooms 4 Sleeps 8 adults plus 2 children Prices from £1,175 per night for DBB 5

HIGHWAY HILL, The Barnyard, Highway, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 8SR T: 01249 760488 E: enquiries@highwayhill.co.uk www.highwayhill.co.uk

Devizes

Highway Hill is a haven of natural beauty and outdoor experiences. We offer quirky accommodation that maintains the connection to the outdoors, a taste of rural life, and a variety of woodland pursuits. We are a new development set in the rolling downland of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We currently have three shepherd’s huts, each named after famous shepherds from literature and decorated with their own individual style and colour scheme, and two cosy bell tents. Whether you’re enjoying the wide open skies and spectacular views from the top of the hill, meeting our friendly animals, or tucked up inside your warm little sanctuary with everything you need for a comfortable stay, we are sure you will have a fantastic time with us.

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: D3 THE CASTLE HOTEL New Park Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1DS T: 01380 727981 E: info@castlehoteldevizes.co.uk www.castlehoteldevizes.co.uk The Castle Hotel is an 18th century coaching inn, ideally situated in the centre of picturesque Devizes. Our traditional bar and separate restaurant both have roaring log fires for cold winter evenings.

Shepherd’s Huts Number of Huts: 3, Bedrooms: 1 per Hut, Sleeps: 2 per Hut Bell Tents Number of Tents: 2, Bedrooms: 1 per Tent, Sleeps: 3 per Tent Prices Shepherd’s Hut: £60-£80, Bell Tent: £40-£60 per unit per night

Bedrooms 19 Bathrooms 19 en suite S £79 D £89 T £89 F £139 Tr £114

Potterne

Rowde

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BLOUNTS COURT FARM Coxhill Lane, Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5PH T: 01380 727180 E: carys@blountscourtfarm.co.uk www.blountscourtfarm.co.uk Mrs C Cary

THE GEORGE & DRAGON High Street, Rowde, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2PN T: 01380 723053 E: gm@thegeorgeanddragonrowde.co.uk www.thegeorgeanddragonrowde.co.uk Christopher Day

Luxury accommodation situated in quiet countryside. Awardwinning breakfast with homemade bread, preserves and eggs from our own hens. Walking distance to village pub.

A hidden gem, this 16th century inn combines modern day style with country character. A roaring fire, three cosy bedrooms and garden terrace. Specialising in Cornish seafood delivered daily.

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 en suite S £58-£65 D £90-£102 T £90-£102

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 en suite, 1 private S £75-£95 D £75-£95 F £125-£155

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VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: D3 STABLE END Canfield, White Street, Easterton, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4NZ T: 01380 812426 E: gblaggers@gmail.com Anne Blagbrough Quality furnishings, fine views and an ideal touring location – winter breaks, min 2 nights’ stay. Own small garden. TV and DVD. Dogs welcome: £15 per week. Electricity payable by meter in winter. WiFi. Bedrooms 1 Sleeps 2 Prices £180-£310

MILL FARM GLAMPING, Belle Vue Farm, Poulshot, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1RZ T: 01380 828351 E: info@millfarmglamping.co.uk www.millfarmglamping.co.uk Chris Dyke

Potterne VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: D3 ABBOTTS BALL FARM COTTAGE Worton Road, Potterne, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5PW T: 01380 721661 E: hazel@abbottsballfarm.com www.abbottsballfarm.com Mrs Hazel Hobbs

Enjoy Wiltshire’s beautiful countryside from the comfort of a luxurious glamping lodge or fairy-tale treehouse on this family-run, organic farm. Meet the ducks, dairy cattle and donkeys. Have fun on Farmer Joe’s organic farm tour. Walk, ride, paddle, fish – or just soak up the sun and the tranquil scenery. It all adds up to a naturally inspirational experience: a unique break that you – and your family or friends – will treasure for a lifetime.

Comfortable, spacious cottage on a small farm with livery yard. Peaceful surroundings with outstanding views. Convenient for K&A Canal, Longleat, Lacock, Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge. Good local pubs.

Mill Farm is situated in the village of Poulshot near Devizes and can accommodate up to 46 guests. The Dyke family have been welcoming guests to Mill Farm since 2007 and they know exactly what it takes to deliver an exceptionally comfortable, unforgettable stay – making Mill Farm breaks a top choice for families, couples and group holidays.

Bedrooms 3 Sleeps 5 Prices £318-£780 per week. Shorter breaks available.

Lodges 7 Prices £195-£2,800

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STANTON MANOR HOTEL Stanton St Quintin, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6DQ T: 01666 837552 E: info@stantonmanor.co.uk www.stantonmanor.co.uk Stanton Manor is a hidden gem in the southern Cotswolds with lovely grounds, fabulous food, relaxing bedrooms and great hospitality; just minutes from Jct 17 of the M4. Renowned for wonderful weddings! Bedrooms 23 Bathrooms 23 en suite S From £89 D From £99 T From £99 F From £119 Tr From £129

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Classic and modern European restaurant with

Chef Frédéric Fétiveau and Pastry Chef/Chocolatier Dominique Bon. Extensive wine list and cocktails.

Tel 01666 822344 The Old Bell Hotel, Abbey Row, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 0BW info@oldbellhotel.com www.oldbellhotel.com

Slaughterford

Crudwell

+++ Farmhouse Map Ref: C2

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MANOR FARM Slaughterford, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8RE T/F: 01249 782243 E: janmanorfm@btinternet.com Ms Janet Jones A working farm near the pretty Cotswold village of Castle Combe. You can enjoy horse riding and walks along the Macmillan Way and River Bybrook. Breakfasts include home-grown produce. Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 en suite S £30 D £60 F £65 6

BEST WESTERN MAYFIELD HOUSE HOTEL Crudwell, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9EW T: 01666 577409 E: reception@mayfieldhousehotel.co.uk www.mayfieldhousehotel.co.uk

Corston VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: B2 THE OLD COACH HOUSE Corston, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0HD T: 01666 826943 E: jcoachhouse@aol.com www.corstoncoachhousebandb.co.uk Diane Jeffery Delightful old coach house with well-appointed annexe, 3 miles from Malmesbury, M4 within easy reach. Tastefully furnished double bedroom with excellent en suite facilities. Pretty, elevated garden. Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms 1 en suite S From £55 D From £85

A family-run country hotel set amidst beautiful countryside in the south Cotswolds, within very easy access of the M4. With ancient Malmesbury, Royal Tetbury, Westonbirt Arboretum and the Cotswold Water Park all on our doorstep, it’s the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore. We offer 28 en suite rooms including family rooms, disabled levels 1 and 2, and dog-friendly accommodation. Our AA Rosette country-style restaurant serves beautifully cooked, locally sourced fare, whilst our cellar is stocked with fine wines, and our bar serves great local real ale from the cask. In the summer months our wood fired oven serves pizzas in the garden. Sunday lunches are an especially relaxed and traditional family affair, while special occasions can be catered for in our private dining room, the 17th century Stoneroom. Bedrooms 28 Bathrooms 28 en suite S From £68 D From £88 T From £88 F From £108 Half board à la carte dining packages from £59 per person 30

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CORSHAM, LACOCK AND VILLAGES

THE OLD POST OFFICE COTTAGE Silver Street, Gastard, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9PY T: 01249 713968 E: pjcollier@talktalk.net or mail@theoldpostofficecottage.com www.theoldpostofficecottage.com Peter and Jenny Collier A well-equipped cottage in the grounds of owners’ Grade II listed home. Quiet village location 2 miles from Corsham and convenient for Lacock, Castle Combe and Bath. Village pub 150 yards. Bedrooms 1 Sleeps 2 Prices £330-£400

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Lacock Abbey

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SIGN OF THE ANGEL, Church Street, Lacock, Wiltshire, SN15 2LB T: 01249 730230 E: info@signoftheangel.co.uk www.signoftheangel.co.uk Tom Nicholas A modern-rustic 15th century coaching inn, for casual dining and relaxing stays. The focus has always been to provide a special experience, for both day guests and staying visitors. We have brought the traditional inn up-to-date with current demands. We believe great food and drink should be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere, and an overnight stay should be comfortable and cosy.

Lacock XXXX++++ Camping & Touring Park Map Ref: C2 PICCADILLY CARAVAN PARK Folly Lane West, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2LP T: 01249 730260 E: info@piccadillylacock.co.uk www.piccadillylacock.co.uk Peter Williams

Located in the National Trust village of Lacock, we are perfectly positioned on the edge of the Cotswolds and only a short distance from Bath and many more sites in the area.

A peaceful, pleasant location close to the National Trust village of Lacock. Facilities and grounds are immaculately kept and showers have been recently upgraded. 2.5 acre level site with good screening.

Dishes are created from the best produce the West Country has to offer through our fantastic farmers, butchers and artisan producers in the area. A British menu is served with the inclusion of various influences. Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 5 en suite S £80-£110 D £100-£150 F £185-£210

Pitches 43 Prices £19-£24.50 per night

Vale of Pewsey

MARLBOROUGH, PEWSEY VALE AND VILLAGES Avebury

West Grafton

++++ Bed & Breakfast Map Ref: C4

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MANOR FARM High Street, Avebury, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF T: 01672 539294 E: administrator@manorfarmavebury.com www.manorfarmavebury.com Mrs Judith Farthing

MAYFIELD West Grafton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3BY T: 01672 810339 E: angela.orssich@gmail.com www.mayfieldbandb.com Angela Orssich

Listed 18th century building situated within the famous stone circle at Avebury. Pub 100 yards away. Ideal for Ridgeway/Wessex Way walkers and visiting the many ancient sites around the area.

Beautiful 15th century thatched house oozing with history. Set in its own grounds with swimming pool and tennis court. Super breakfasts using local produce. Close to Marlborough, Stonehenge and Avebury.

Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 private S £75-£80 D £90-£100 T £90-£100

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 en suite, 1 private S From £70 D £80-£110 T £80-£110 F with private bathroom £160

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Pewsey

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: C4

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BUCKERFIELDS BARN, Buckerfields Nursery, Ogbourne St George, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1TF T: 01672 560213 M: 07976 912927 E: info@buckerfieldsbarn.co.uk www.buckerfieldsbarn.co.uk Terence and Sonia Wright

WILLOWBANK LODGES Milkhouse Water, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5JX T: 01672 562110 M: 07778 205763 E: nickywood@willowbanklodges.com www.willowbanklodges.com Nicky Wood

Four comfortably furnished, high quality self-catering apartments. Created from a barn on an old farmyard, now a small plant nursery run by the hosts, and surrounded by lovely gardens.

Five spacious, comfortable and well equipped log cabins nestling in a small hamlet in the heart of the Pewsey Vale, bordering the Kennet & Avon Canal. Situated in 3½ acres, including a private lake.

Bedrooms 4 one bedroom apartments Sleeps 2 persons per apartment Prices on application

Bedrooms 1 or 2 per unit Sleeps 2-5 per unit Prices One bed £297-£546 per week, Two bed £408-£750 per week

Zeals VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: F2

MERE, WARMINSTER, WESTBURY AND VILLAGES

CORNERWAYS COTTAGE Longcross, Zeals, Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6LL T: 01747 840477 M: 07484 215936 E: cornerways.cottage@btinternet.com www.cornerwayscottage.co.uk John and Irene Snook Comfortable cottage in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Close to Longleat, Stourhead, Salisbury and Bath. Golf, riding, fishing and walking nearby. Discounted day tickets for Longleat. Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 en suite, 1 private S £60 D £75 T £75 10

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Warminster

Horningsham

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THE BISHOPSTROW HOTEL AND SPA Boreham Road, Bishopstrow, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9HH T: 01985 212312 E: info@bishopstrow.co.uk www.bishopstrow.co.uk

HORNINGSHAM B&B, 197 Pottle Street, Horningsham, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7LX T: 01985 844454 E: susiehilleary@btinternet.com www.horningshambnb.com Susanna Hilleary

The Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa is without a doubt one of the finest luxury hotels in Dorset and Wiltshire and is a temple to relaxation – guests receive the warmest of welcomes and the ultimate in hospitality. All rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated. Our award-winning Mulberry restaurant provides a modern, light and spacious dining experience. Relax in our boutique spa with one of our many treatments or enjoy the thermal experiences, indoor or outdoor pools, fitness suite and tennis courts. Close to Salisbury, Bath, Longleat and Stonehenge.

Family home situated in a quiet country lane in the beautiful village of Horningsham on the Longleat Estate. Perfect for a romantic getaway, peaceful break or family holiday. Wonderful views, lovely garden, walks and cycling. Within easy reach of Stourhead, Bath, Salisbury, Frome and Stonehenge. Several recommended pubs within five miles.

Bedrooms 32 Bathrooms 32 en suite S £85-£170 D £106-£535 T £120-£535 F £250-£570 (2 adults + 1 child)

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 en suite, 1 private S £50 D £90 (en suite) T £80 F £80

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Brokerswood XXXX Campsite Map Ref: D2

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: E2 OAKLANDS, 88 Boreham Road, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9JW T: 01985 300564 E: enquiries@stayatoaklands.co.uk www.stayatoaklands.co.uk Andrew & Carolyn Lewis A large Victorian town house ideally located for visiting Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge and Longleat. Spacious, comfortable bedrooms and freshly cooked breakfasts using locally sourced ingredients. Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 en suite S £55 D £75-£85 T £85 F £120

BROKERSWOOD HOLIDAY PARK, Brokerswood, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4EH T: 01373 822238 E: brokerswood.info@haulfryn.co.uk www.brokerswoodtouring.co.uk

Chapmanslade VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: E2 BLACK DOG FARM BED & BREAKFAST Chapmanslade, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4AE T: 01373 832858 E: bookings@blackdogfarm.co.uk www.blackdogfarm.co.uk Cate Pearson A stunning Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse providing fresh bread with locally sourced produce for breakfast. Hairdryers and ironing board available, along with tea and coffee facilities in the bedrooms. Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 en suite S From £65 D From £75 T From £80 F From £90 Dog £5 per night in Double Room

Brokerswood Holiday Park is a delightful camping and caravan facility located near Westbury and down the road from Longleat Safari Park. Set in over 80 acres of natural woodland, Brokerswood has its own fishing lake, and hiding amongst the trees are adventure playgrounds, nature trails and woodland walks. Dogs are welcome, but well-trained owners are essential! Onsite there is a shop that provides everyday essentials as well as a few luxuries, and a café serving breakfast, then hot drinks throughout the day until 4pm. We also have a laundry with washing machines, tumble drier, iron and sink for handwashing and a modern centrally heated toilet and shower block with private bathroom facilities. Pitches 56 Prices Camping/Caravan/Motor Home: from £17 non-electric and £20 electric, per pitch per night

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BROKERSWOOD HOLIDAY PARK Brokerswood, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4EH T: 01373 822238 E: brokerswood.info@haulfryn.co.uk www.brokerswoodpark.co.uk Luxury holiday homes on delightful holiday park close to Longleat and Bath. Experience your very own slice of the countryside with relaxing woodland walks, and canoeing and kayaking on the 5-acre lake. Holiday Homes 12 Prices Please see haulfrynholidays.co.uk for our latest prices 12

THE CATHEDRAL HOTEL 7-9 Milford Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2AJ T: 01722 343700 E: info@cathedralhotelsalisbury.co.uk www.oldsarumhotels.co.uk

SALISBURY AND VILLAGES

In the heart of Salisbury, close to shops, cinema, theatres and the Market Place the hotel has a modern feel to it while maintaining the character of this old building. Our menu offers a great choice of freshly prepared food available from early morning until 10pm daily and 9pm Sundays. Throughout the week we offer a quiet relaxed environment and at the weekend the bar comes to life entertaining, locals and visitors alike until 2am with DJ music. Our guests always comment on the great service and welcome they received no matter what the occasion they visited for. All our rooms are secondary glazed, but if you want a quiet room at the weekend, please request this at the time of booking. All our rates include a cooked and continental breakfast. Ideal base for touring this great city and surrounding county of Wiltshire. Winner of The South Wilts Tourism Business Of The Year Award 2015. Bedrooms 20 Bathrooms 19 en suite, 1 private S £75 D £95 T £75 (not en suite) F £99 Adjoining rooms 2 x D £145 Adjoining rooms 1 x D & 1 x T £145

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Stunning Salisbury Cathedral views 38 ensuite bedrooms Bar, Lounge, Conservatory, Restaurant Licensed for Weddings

01722 338388

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MARSHWOOD FARM, DINTON

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Shepherd’s Hut

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With its peaceful rural setting and three relaxing options to choose from, Marshwood Farm is ideal for touring Stonehenge, Avebury, Salisbury and Longleat, or walking and cycling in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. Bed & Breakfast Our 17th century, Grade II listed farmhouse provides comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in two spacious en suite rooms. A delicious breakfast of locally sourced ingredients is served each morning around the long oval table in our spacious dining room. Self-Catering Attached to the farmhouse, our cosy and well-equipped self-catering cottage has been tastefully renovated, yet retains many of its original features. With one double bedroom and another room with full-size bunk beds it can comfortably sleep a family of four. A free welcome pack is included. Shepherd’s Hut Sleeping two in a double bed, our hand-built, eco-friendly Shepherd’s Hut is surrounded by ďŹ elds and ancient woodland. After a night under the stars you can choose between a Continental breakfast hamper delivered to your door, or a full cooked breakfast served in the farmhouse just a short stroll away. Whichever option you choose, you can leave your worries behind as you head down the winding lanes to Marshwood Farm, tucked between the Nadder and Wylye valleys in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside.

MARSHWOOD FARM, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5ET T: 01722 716334 M: 07906 940894 E: marshwood1@btconnect.co.uk www.marshwoodfarm.co.uk Mrs Fiona Lockyer Prices - Please contact us for further details and to book

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LAVERSTOCK SALISBURY WILTSHIRE SP1 1PY

POTTERS THE OLD RECTORY, Chicklade, Hindon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5SU T: 01747 820000 E: lynda@theoldrectory-bandb.co.uk www.theoldrectory-bandb.co.uk Lynda Masefield Just off the A303 in its own grounds, this beautifully restored rectory is an ideal location for those wishing to visit Stonehenge, Stourhead, Longleat, Salisbury and Bath, or as an overnight stop for travelling on to the West Country. The welcome is warm and a traditional breakfast with locally sourced ingredients will set you up for the day. Served in our elegant drawing room. The three en suite bedrooms are individually designed. One is a two roomed family suite; all offer impressive quality and comfort. The nearby village of Hindon has two excellent pubs. Walkers and cyclists are welcome.

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TEL: +44 (0)1722 335031 FAX: +44 (0)1722 335031

Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 3 en suite S £60-£75 D £85-£95 T £85-£95 F £95-£140 6

Coombe Bissett VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: F4 EVENING HILL Blandford Road, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4LH T: 01722 718561 M: 07900 360360 E: henrys@eveninghill.com www.eveninghill.com Mrs Joyce Henry Quiet, friendly bungalow in picturesque village, two miles south of Salisbury, overlooking open fields. Relaxing conservatory looking onto garden. Pub/restaurant five minutes’ walk. Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 en suite S £40 D £50-£55 F £75-£95

A quiet residential area, one mile from city centre, with view to the Cathedral spire. Twenty minutes’ walk into city. Family atmosphere. Note: family room can be used as a twin. Garden for guests’ use, baby sitting and left luggage facilities available. Walking frame available for guests with disabilities.

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Salisbury VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: F4

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: F4

SALISBURY CATHEDRAL CLOSE B&B, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EN T: 01722 330736 M: 07957 863183 E: cathedralclosebb@gmail.com www.salisburycathedralclosebandb.co.uk Jane Singleton Unrivalled location in Salisbury Cathedral Close. Super-kingsize bed, en suite shower upstairs and garden cabin with double bed. Both include simple buffet breakfast. Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 en suite (1 has no shower) En suite: S From £80 D From £90 Cabin: S From £65 D From £75

VICTORIA LODGE GUEST HOUSE, 61 Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3RH T: 01722 320586 E: info@victoria-guest-house.co.uk www.victoria-guest-house.co.uk Carole Minto

salisbury +  +  +  + Guest House Map Ref: F4 WEBSTERS B&B 11 Hartington Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7LG T: 01722 339779 E: enquiries@websters-bed-breakfast.com www.websters-bed-breakfast.com John and Veronica Mussell

Victoria Lodge is situated a convenient 13-minute walk from the city centre and provides free parking. You are assured a warm welcome from ourselves and our friendly team of staff. All rooms are en suite with TV, free WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities. Full English breakfast is freshly cooked for you and served in our traditional breakfast room.

Welcoming family run guest house. Quiet location, easy walking distance of city centre, Cathedral and railway station. Delicious breakfasts. Free parking. Booking by telephone or online advisable. Bedrooms 16 Bathrooms 16 en suite S £50-£65 D £90-£110 T £90-£110 F (3 people) £120-£140 F (4 people) £130-£160

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Orcheston

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: E3

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THE STONEHENGE B&B AT SCOTLAND LODGE Winterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire, SP3 4TF T: 01980 620943 M: 07957 863183 E: stonehengebandb@gmail.com www.stonehengebandb.co.uk Jane Singleton

Waterlake Cottage, Waterlake View, Elston Lane, Orcheston, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4RG M: 07733 034070 E: info@waterlakecottage.co.uk www.waterlakecottage.co.uk Virginia Jones

16th century house with Victorian additions. Convenient for Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath etc. Quirky not glitz. All bedrooms en suite upstairs. Games room (billiard table) and sitting room.

4 star Waterlake Cottage sleeps 4 guests (plus cot) and has 2 bathrooms. 3 miles from Stonehenge, the cottage is surrounded by fields, with many iconic sights a short drive away. Free WiFi.

Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 5 en suite S From £60 D From £70 T From £70 F From £80 2-Room Complex From £140

Bedrooms 2 Sleeps 4 + 1 Prices £336-£570

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Camping & Caravanning

Sutton Mandeville

Berwick St James

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: F3

XXXX++++ Holiday, Touring and Camping Park Map Ref: E3

MANOR FARM COTTAGES, Manor Farm, Sutton Mandeville, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5NL T: 01722 714226 M: 07941 299806 E: info@holidaycottagewiltshire.co.uk www.holidaycottagewiltshire.co.uk Gillie Strang

STONEHENGE CAMPSITE & GLAMPING PODS, Berwick St James, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4TQ M: 07786 734732 E: stay@stonehengecampsite.co.uk Wardens: Dave and Liane www.stonehengecampsite.co.uk

Three beautifully restored 17th century farm cottages, furnished to the highest standard, each with a pretty garden, barbecue and patio furniture. Breakfast and BBQ hampers filled with local produce are available and suppers can be delivered. On the same site, the Calf Shed is a fully accessible, single story, modern barn conversion with floor to ceiling glass affording stunning views towards the Fovant Badges. The romantic double bedroom has electric profiling beds and there are sofa beds sleeping a further three guests. An open plan living area features sumptuous soft furnishings and a modern kitchen with granite worktops and low level oven, hob and sink. A luxurious wet room completes the facilities here. There are several local pubs offering good food within a 10 minute radius. Walkers and dogs welcome. All in all, a beautiful relaxing retreat.

We are a multi-award-winning gold camping and glamping site just three miles from Stonehenge. We are eco-friendly in a beautifully landscaped semi-woodland setting. The site is perfectly situated for touring Stonehenge, Longleat, Bath, Salisbury and the New Forest. There are outstanding walks to up to five local pubs, plus a farm shop and two village shops. The site is campfire, couple, dog and family friendly and we welcome well behaved groups for reunions, birthdays and special occasions. We can often accommodate short notice bookings for campervan and motorhome groups.

Bedrooms Cottages: 3 Calf Shed: 1 Sleeps Cottages: 6 Calf Shed: 5 Prices £420-£895

Pitches 10-35 Prices Motor Homes £11-£28 Tents £10-£28 Pods £45-£100. Prices per pitch, per night, per couple and one car. Groups £25-£30 per head (unless in a Pod)

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SWINDON AND VILLAGES Highworth

Swindon

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: B4

Map Ref: B4

HIGHWORTH HOTEL AND RESTAURANT 1 Westrop, Highworth, Wiltshire, SN6 7HJ T: 01793 762364 E: info@thehighworth.com www.thehighworth.com

SWINDON MARRIOTT HOTEL Pipers Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 1SH T: 01793 512121 E: mhrs.swidt.frontdesk@marriotthotels.com www.swindonmarriott.co.uk

Elegant, luxurious guest rooms with state-of-the-art en suite bathrooms give you the perfect place to relax. Just plan a weekend away, or book a romantic table for two.

Spacious retreat for business travellers and families near Swindon’s historic old town. En suite bedrooms with TV and internet access. On-site leisure club. Cast Iron Bar and Grill.

Bedrooms 10 Bathrooms 10 en suite S £98-£142 D £106-£150 T £106-£150 Superior D £126-£170 Junior Suite (1 child) £150£213 Family Suite (2 children) £160-£223

Bedrooms 156 Bathrooms 156 en suite S From £73 D From £73 T From £84 F From £106 Tr From £174

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Bishopstone

Map Ref: B4

+++ Bed & Breakfast Map Ref: B4 CHENEY THATCH Oxon Place, Bishopstone, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6 8PS T: 01793 790508 Mrs Rosemary Boot Comfortable 400-year-old thatched cottage; unique setting in downland village near Swindon. Log fire, heated outdoor pool. Large garden with stream and abundant wildlife. Extremely quiet. Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 private S £55 D £65 10

HOLIDAY INN SWINDON Marlborough Road, Coate, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6AQ T: 01793 817000 E: reservations@hiswindonhotel.co.uk www.hiswindonhotel.co.uk The Holiday Inn is the perfect base to explore Swindon and surrounding attractions in Wiltshire. Individual travellers, families and groups will find all the amenities for a comfortable stay, with refurbished bedrooms and bathrooms, a gym, pool and Jacuzzi, beauty treatments, pool table and outdoor space. Dine in our restaurant or, more informally, in our bar and lounge. In summer take advantage of our patio to dine al fresco; kids up to 12 years also eat free! Traditional afternoon tea is served from 12 noon-4pm (please book in advance). Special interest groups are welcome, with bespoke packages available. Wiltshire is a great place to explore on bike or foot, and we can provide secure bike storage and a place to clean off your shoes. Check out our website for special offers and packages. We hope to see you soon. Bedrooms 99 Bathrooms 99 en suite Prices on application please visit www.hiswindonhotel.co.uk

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Liddington VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: B4 MEADOWBANK HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST Medbourne Lane, Liddington, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 0EY T: 01793 791401 E: jhowes@meadowbankhouse.com www.meadowbankhouse.com Jane Howes Quiet village location close to Swindon, Ridgeway National Trail, Marlborough and Avebury. Ideal for exploring or business. Delicious food, luxurious accommodation, beautiful countryside. Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 en suite, 1 private S £60-£75 (Single occupancy) D £80-£95

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Cranborne

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter Map Ref: E1

++++ Restaurant with Rooms Map Ref: G3 LA FOSSE AT CRANBORNE, London House, The Square, Cranborne, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5PR T: 01725 517604 E: lafossemail@gmail.com www.la-fosse.com Mark and Emmanuelle Hartstone Welcoming Restaurant with Rooms set in idyllic rural surroundings at the heart of Cranborne Chase. Comfortable accommodation, delicious home cooked dinners and friendly, efficient service. Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 6 en suite Cosy £89 Classic £99 Spacious £120 Generous £165

THE PLACE TO STAY, Knoll Hill Farm, Trudoxhill, Frome, Somerset, BA11 5DP T: 01373 836880 E: theplacetostayuk@gmail.com www.theplacetostayuk.com

POOLE KEYNES

Luxury guest house, situated close to Longleat Safari Park, Stourhead Gardens and Bath. This beautiful Edwardian farmhouse provides a relaxing atmosphere and glorious views of the Wiltshire and Somerset countryside, a large garden and our renowned delicious breakfasts. Ten unique rooms, all en suite, with five rooms able to accommodate children, it’s the perfect place for couples and families. Dogs are accommodated in one room with prior arrangement and horse B and B is also on offer. We are surrounded by local attractions and you can also pamper yourself at our on-site beauty and massage treatment centre, The Bodhi Tree. Located in spectacular rural countryside fifteen minutes from Longleat and just outside Frome, which boasts many top class restaurants. Our family run guest house provides an oasis of peace and relaxation. Bedrooms 10 Bathrooms 10 en suite S £69-£75 D £75-£89 K £89-£125 F £109-£169 Tr £109-£169

OLD MILL FARM HOLIDAY COTTAGES Old Mill Farm, Poole Keynes, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 6ED T: 01285 771377 E: oldmillcottages@outlook.com www.oldmillcottages.co.uk Alison Claxton Well-equipped barn conversions on working sheep farm, 4 miles from Cirencester. Quiet situation beside River Thames, adjacent to Cotswold Water Park. Ideal for cycling or touring. Bedrooms 1-4 per cottage (4 cottages) Sleeps 2-7 per cottage (total 16 people) Prices From £280-£950

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Corsham Map Ref: C2 CORSHAM TOWN HALL Corsham Town Council, Town Hall, High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0EZ T: 01249 702130 E: mjones@corsham.gov.uk www.corsham.gov.uk

WEDDING VENUES

In the heart of Corsham’s picturesque High Street, two minutes’ walk from St Bartholomew’s Church, the historic Town Hall makes an excellent wedding reception venue – and a glorious backdrop for photographs. Seats 100. The hire price includes use of the kitchen (including crockery and cutlery) and tables and chairs. 100

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Arundells Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

House, Garden & Art Collection The former home of Sir Edward Heath: Prime Minister, Sailor, Musician

The Cathedral Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN. Tel: 01722 326546 www.arundells.org Bowood House & Gardens www.bowood.org

Castle Combe Circuit Map Ref: C3

www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk Castle Combe, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 7EY T: 01249 782417 E: info@castlecombecircuit.co.uk

A fantastic day out for all the family. Visit the magnificent home of the Lansdowne family set in beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown parkland. Children under twelve can enjoy the superb Adventure Playground, with life-size pirate ship, space dive, soft play palace and the fabulous Tractor Ted’s Little Farm.

The West Country’s home of motorsport that’s been welcoming fans of racing, car shows and events for over 65 years. With a full racing calendar featuring three of its own buoyant club championships and the NEW Hot Hatch Challenge as well as a host of other events, whether you want to race, watch or experience we’ve got it all!

Open: Wed 28 Mar-Sun 4 Nov 2018, 11am-6pm (5pm after the autumn clock change) Admission: A £12.75 J (5-12yrs) £9.70 I (2-4yrs) £7.70 S £10.70 F £38.25

Britford Farm Shop & Café www.britfordfarmshop.co.uk

Map Ref: C2

Bowood House & Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0LZ T: 01249 812102 E: houseandgardens@bowood.org

Open: Dependent on event – please see website for details. Admission: Dependent on event – please see website for details. Under 17s go FREE.

CHOLDERTON CHARLIE’S FARM Map Ref: F4

www.choldertoncharliesfarm.com

Map Ref: E4

Bridge Farm, Lower Road, Britford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4DY T: 01722 413400

Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0EW T: 01980 629438 E: info@choldertoncharliesfarm.com

Just five minutes from Salisbury in a traditional, rural relaxed setting Britford Farm Shop is the perfect place to stop off for a morning coffee with a tasty cake, a lunch from the popular wide selection, or as a venue for a special occasion for up to 48 persons. The shop offers a select range of local preserves, cheeses, eggs and chocolates too!

Family-fun-filled Rare Breeds Farm Park, with animals and activities throughout the day, in and outdoor play areas and a new Tree Top Trail! The Ewe Tree Café & Bar serves delicious food all day as well as catering for large events, such as wedding receptions. Overnight accommodation is available in the 70-bed 4* Hostel, which is open all year round.

Open: For opening times or to make a reservation please call us on 01722 413400

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History, heritage, arts and crafts, great places to eat and drink and lots of independent shops – plus BBC One’s Poldark was filmed here too.

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Map Ref: C4 Crofton Beam Engines, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW T: 01672 870300 E: crofton@katrust.org.uk Magnificent 200-year-old working steam operated beam engines still capable of performing their original job. Amazing industrial archaeology in an unspoiled, rural setting overlooking the Kennet & Avon Canal. Free access to café, grounds and shop, except during Steam Gala in September. The beam engines are in steam for weekends at the end of each month during the summer. Open: Every day (except Wed) from late-Mar to early Oct, 10.30am-4.30pm Admission: Engines static: A £4.50 S £4 Under 16s FREE. Engines in steam: A £8, S £7 Under 16s FREE.

Devizes Marina Village www.devizesmarina.com

Map Ref: D3 Horton Avenue, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2RH T: 01380 725300 E: sales@devizesmarina.com Spend the day cruising along the Kennet & Avon Canal through the picturesque Wiltshire countryside aboard our 28-foot self-drive day boat, Jack Sparrow. Featuring a large cruiser stern area, kitchen, covered seating area and washroom, you’ll have all you need for a great day on the water. Canadian Canoe hire also available.

Open: All year Prices Day Hire: From £95 Canoe Hire: From £24 for two hours

Edington Music Festival www.edingtonfestival.org

Map Ref: D2 The Priory Church, Edington, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4QN T: 01380 831454 E: info@edingtonfestival.org This annual Festival of sacred choral music is one of the oldest in the world, with an international reputation. Three choirs from the great cathedrals and colleges sing four services a day in the beautiful 14th century Priory Church. The complex and exquisite music includes plainchant, new commissions and organ recitals. Dates: Sun 19-Sun 26 Aug. Matins, Eucharist/Choral Matins, Choral Evensong and organ recitals daily. Wed: Evensong will be recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30pm. Prices: The Festival is FREE and unticketed, all welcome.

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1st Floor, 91 Devizes Rd, Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2DZ T: 01380 609608 E: enquiries@11thhourescaperooms.co.uk Live interactive â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Escape The Roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; games. A choice of two rooms to play. Teams of 2-6 per room. 60 minutes to escape! Teams have to work together to solve puzzles, riddles and clues to unravel the mystery and ďŹ nd the escape key before the hour runs out. Ages 18+. Open: Every day from 2 Jan-31 Dec (including bank holidays), 10am9pm (last game starts at 8pm). SpeciďŹ c time slots viewable on website. Admission: 2 Players ÂŁ50 3-4 Players ÂŁ60 5-6 Players ÂŁ80 (Prices from ÂŁ13 per person) Rushmore Estate, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5PY T: 01725 516971

The Farm Cookery School

Our beautiful venue is part of Netherstreet Farm in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. We offer Classic and Global cookery classes and demonstrations, plus private lunches and dinners, bespoke corporate and private events, team building, school visits and parties for all ages.

Set in the outstanding landscape of the Cranborne Chase, these beautifully laid out gardens were created by General Pitt Rivers in 1880. Originally designed as pleasure grounds for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;public enlightenment and entertainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the Larmer Tree is an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance. Recognised by English Heritage as a Garden of National Importance, they were the ďŹ rst privately owned gardens to be opened for public enjoyment. From the magniďŹ cent main lawn, radiate wide laurel-hedged avenues leading to woodland beyond. The garden showcases a wonderful collection of ornate buildings, peacocks and free-ďŹ&#x201A;ying macaws, retained in an enchanting and tranquil atmosphere. Larmer Tree is also a unique venue, offering a versatile space for civil ceremonies, dining, dancing, conferences and bespoke events all year round.

Open: Thu 4 Jan-Wed 19 Dec Prices: Cookery Classes: ÂŁ25-ÂŁ65pp Lunch/Dinner: From ÂŁ17.50pp Holiday Clubs: ÂŁ15-ÂŁ25pp Bespoke pricing for corporate and private events

Open: Garden and Coffee Grove CafĂŠ open Sunday to Thursday 11am to 4.30pm April to October. Visit www.larmertree.co.uk for information on special events and occasional closures. Admission: A ÂŁ4 Ch up to 14 ÂŁ2.50 Under 5s FREE S ÂŁ3 F ÂŁ12 (2+3)

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Map Ref: C3 Netherstreet Farm, Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2DS T: 01380 859478 E: enquiries@thefarmcookeryschool.co.uk

Great ChalďŹ eld Manor and Garden www.nationaltrust.org.uk/great-chalďŹ eld-manor

Rick Stein Map Ref: D2

www.rickstein.com

Map Ref: C4

Near Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 8NH T: 01225 782239 E: greatchalďŹ eldmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lloran House, 42A High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HQ T: 01672 233333 E: reservations@rickstein.com

Great ChalďŹ eld Manor and Garden is a charming ďŹ fteenth century manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden. With its romantic terraces, colourful borders and spring-fed ďŹ shpond, the garden is perfect for a gentle stroll.

Located at Lloran House on the High Street in Marlborough guests can enjoy some of Rickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most iconic dishes such as the Dover Sole Ă la Meunière and Turbot Hollandaise, as well as a selection of new dishes including salt pork belly with split pea purĂŠe and sauerkraut, and baked guinea fowl with garlic bean and smoked sausage. Alongside the A la Carte menu, we also offer a set lunch menu available Monday to Friday, and a traditional Sunday roast.

Open: 2 Apr-29 Oct: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun. Garden: Tue-Thu 11am5pm; Sun 2pm-5pm. Manor (guided tours): Tue-Thu 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm; Sun 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Closed Mon, Fri, Sat Admission: Manor and Garden: A ÂŁ10.00 Ch ÂŁ5.00 F ÂŁ25.00 (2+3) Garden only: A ÂŁ6.20 Ch ÂŁ3.10 F ÂŁ15.50 (2+3) National Trust members and under 5s go FREE

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Historic, vibrant Marlborough with its wide High Street is bursting with character. Close to Avebury and Savernake Forest in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it was listed in the top ten shopping districts in 2017 for a great mix of independent and national shops, twice-weekly street market as well as a host of cafés, pubs and restaurants. Annual events include a literature festival, summer school, art trails, mop fairs, remembrance parade, music events, Christmas lights and more. Shop, eat, explore and enjoy our river and parks… a warm Marlborough welcome awaits you! Marlborough - town and country combined. Find us on Twitter: @MTCwilts and Facebook: @MarlboroughTC

TIC at Marlborough Town Council 5 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1AA T: 01672 512487 E: enquiries@marlborough-tc.gov.uk www.marlborough-tc.gov.uk

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Fresh fish, simply cooked with classic seafood dishes including Dover sole à la meuniére and turbot hollandaise alongside local meat and game.

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PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO salisbury plain safaris www.salisburysafaris.co.uk

Map Ref: E3 Book online at www.salisburysafaris.co.uk or call us on 07717 803999 4x4 tours of the stunning landscape surrounding Salisbury Plain. Experience the rich history, great British wildlife and military sights that make ‘The Plain’ a unique place to visit. From the comfort of a luxury 4x4, you will get the chance to capture unforgettable memories and see places the average tour bus simply cannot reach, all finished with refreshments looking out over the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. In the company of our friendly guides you are sure to have a blast. Tours for up to 6 people from £30pp

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Netherhampton Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8PR T: 01722 742645 E: mail@salisburygolf.co.uk Our friendly and welcoming golf club has 27 well maintained holes of golf for you to enjoy. The downland courses provide lovely views of Salisbury and the surrounding countryside. The 18-hole Cathedral Course is a strong and enjoyable challenge for any golfer, while the 9-hole Bibury Course is a little easier and is a great place to enjoy improving your game. Both courses drain well and are open all year round. Comfortable bar area with friendly staff. We also cater for weddings, functions and business meetings in our two Function Rooms.

Open: 10am-9pm daily Green fees: 9 holes from only £10; 18 holes from £25. Please call for details.

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PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO Trowbridge

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The county town of Wiltshire, Trowbridge, has a fascinating history and a rich industrial heritage, which can be explored through Trowbridge Museum. The Civic Centre, boasting a programme of top-quality entertainment from first-class live music to well-known comedy acts such as Bill Bailey and Jason Manford, and the Town Hall, catering for the world of the arts, are the cultural hubs of the town. The Town Park is the centrepiece of Trowbridge for residents and visitors alike, and hosts a wide variety of festivals and entertainment throughout the year. The town has a great range of both independent shops and High Street retailers, with a variety of restaurants and eateries. Trowbridge makes an ideal base from which to explore the rest of Wiltshire, and beyond, with good transport links.

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You can Discover Trowbridge at www.trowbridge.gov.uk Trowbridge Information Centre, St Stephens Place, Civic Centre T: 01225 765072 www.trowbridge.gov.uk

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“Inspiring, creative & fun!”

Self-drive classic car hire. Based in the beautiful county of Wiltshire, close to Bath and the Cotswolds. See the West Country differently with a romantic escape or a nostalgic trip down memory lane in an iconic classic car. Choose from Jaguar E-Type or Jaguar MKII (of Inspector Morse fame), Austin Healey 3000, MGC Roadster, Morris Minor Convertible, Alfa Romeo GTV, Alfa Romeo Spider, Audi Ur Quattro Turbo (as in the BBC’s Ashes to Ashes), Triumph Stag, Daimler Sovereign or BMW 840. Or try our latest addition: an Aston Martin DB7 Volante. Live your dream of driving a classic car – the perfect way to view this mystical and romantic area. Tour suggestions can be provided.

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Melksham T: 01225 703377 E: info@vintage-classics.co.uk Open: All year round Hire Charges: From £145 per day www.vintage-classics.co.uk

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PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO Warminster

Wilton - The Ancient Capital of Wessex

Warminster is a busy, friendly market town, first settled in Saxon times. It has many fine Georgian buildings, and hosts a wide variety of independent shops, with numerous cafés, restaurants and historic inns. Market day is Friday. There are excellent road, rail and bus links, and ample car parking. In the heart of town the Lake Pleasure Grounds provide tennis courts, a boating lake, children’s playground, putting green, café and skateboard park. The Smallbrook Meadows Nature Reserve next to it is a lovely mosaic of water meadows between the Were and Wylye rivers. A short walk from the centre of town leads to the 30-mile circular walk around Salisbury Plain’s Live Firing Range. Longleat, Center Parcs, Stourhead House and Garden, Bath and Salisbury are all within easy reach. The beautiful surrounding villages and countryside provide numerous opportunities for peaceful walking, cycling and riding.

Nestling at the junction of the Wylye and Nadder river valleys, just three miles west of Salisbury, Wilton is a quintessential English market town. With a history spanning over 2,000 years the town gave its name not only to Wiltshire, but also to the famous Wilton Carpets which are still made here today. Wilton offers a unique and varied day out for visitors of all ages, including a new, signposted, Heritage Town Trail. • Attractions include the Italianate Church, Old St Mary’s Church Ruin, Wilton House and Wilton Shopping Village • Wide range of traditional, family-owned shops, pubs, cafés and other services

Come and enjoy this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

• Weekly market on Thursdays and Country market on Fridays

Discover Warminster at Warminster Community Hub Central Car Park, Off Station Road, Warminster, BA12 9BT T: 01985 218548 E: discover@warminstercommunityhub.co.uk

• Free parking and cash points

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At the heart of Bath stands the remains of one of the ďŹ nest spas of the ancient world. See the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva, visit the bath house where Romans bathed and walk on 2,000-year-old Roman pavements. www.romanbaths.co.uk 01225 477785 / 24-hour information 01225 477867

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GETTING HERE IS EASY Whether you are travelling by car, coach, train, air or sea, Wiltshire is easily accessible – go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/plan-your-visit for details. You can also plan your trip to and around the county at connectingwiltshire.co.uk Disabled Access Wiltshire’s countryside, towns and villages are there for all to enjoy, including disabled visitors and those with specific access needs. For detailed information on things to do, places to stay and ways to plan your visit to Wiltshire go to visitwiltshire.co.uk/disabledaccess

Find the Perfect Place to Stay Plenty to choose from - Wiltshire has a fantastic range and variety of accommodation, including stylish hotels, comfortable bed & breakfasts, well-equipped self-catering cottages, friendly campsites and quirky alternative accommodation such as glamping and shepherd’s huts.

Special offers - Our accommodation providers pride themselves on offering excellent value for money with a range of discounts available year round. So keep an eye on the special offers section on our website to make sure you don’t miss a bargain.

Quality you can trust - All accommodation providers featured in this guide are partners of VisitWiltshire. All have been quality assessed by, or have applied for a rating from, one of the national bodies or one of their recognised agencies, or are part of one of the local schemes listed below. What the ratings mean VisitEngland and the AA now rate guest/serviced accommodation to the same criteria, awarding one to five stars in each of the categories (or one to five pennants for holiday, touring, and camping parks and holiday villages in the case of the AA). These ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. Places that ‘go the extra mile’ may achieve a Gold or Silver Award (VisitEngland) or, in the case of the AA, Red, Yellow, Gold or Silver Stars. Please be aware that ratings may change throughout the year. The Wiltshire Approved Accommodation Scheme is a stepping stone towards the National Quality Assurance Standards. It is delivered in partnership with VisitEngland and, while accommodation providers meeting the standard will not yet be participating in the national scheme, they will be demonstrating their commitment to quality improvements. A qualified assessor will have inspected properties against a standard, indicating they are legal, safe and clean. Accommodation providers listed under Alternative Accommodation have been quality assessed, but are not star rated due to the individuality of this category. It covers accommodation such as campervans, wigwams, tipis, yurts, and accommodation that cannot provide facilities or services associated with mainstream accommodation.

VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter - The VisitWiltshire Accommodation Charter is not a quality rating, but indicates businesses that have signed with VisitWiltshire to agree to provide clean, safe and legal accommodation.

Information Centres For information before you travel, take a look at visitwiltshire.co.uk For local information, please contact one of the Information Centres listed below.

Amesbury Community & Visitor Centre 2 Flower Court, Amesbury, SP4 7JE Tel: 01980 622525

Bradford on Avon Town Council Information Office, Westbury Gardens, 50 St Margaret’s Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DE Tel: 01225 865797 Email: tic@bradfordonavontowncouncil.gov.uk

Calne Visitor and Community Information Centre Bank House, The Strand, Calne, SN11 0EN Tel: 01249 814000 Email: calne@calne.gov.uk

Chippenham Town Council High Street, Chippenham, SN15 3ER Tel: 01249 446699 Email: enquiries@chippenham.gov.uk

Corsham Area Information Centre Arnold House, 31 High Street, Corsham, SN13 0EZ Tel: 01249 714660 Email: info@visitcorshamarea.co.uk

Cricklade Visitor Information Point Town Council Office, Ockwells, 113 High Street, Cricklade, SN6 6AE Tel: 01793 751394 Email: admin@crickladetowncouncil.gov.uk

Devizes Visitor information is available at a number of locations in the town, including the Kennet & Avon Canal Museum and Wiltshire Museum. Contact: Devizes Tourism Partnership c/o Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS Tel: 01380 800400 Email: tourism@devizes.org.uk Accommodation Booking Line: 01380 620660

Malmesbury Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, SN16 9BZ Tel: 01666 823748 Email: tic@malmesbury.gov.uk

Marlborough Town Council 5 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1AA Tel: 01672 512487 Email: enquiries@marlborough-tc.gov.uk

Melksham Tourist Information Centre Church Street, Melksham, SN12 6LS Tel: 01225 707424 Email: info@visit-melksham.com

Pricing and meal arrangements - Unless otherwise stated, hotel and guest accommodation prices are per room, per night including breakfast; self-catering prices are per week. Breakfast is not usually included at selfcatering, camping or caravanning establishments. Please be aware that prices listed within this publication are the starting prices for each establishment and may vary according to the type of room, the day of the week, or the time of the year.

Meeting your requirements - Please read accommodation descriptions carefully, cross-checking symbols against the key on page 68. Remember to confirm the price, facilities and cancellation policy at the time of booking.

How to find your accommodation - Accommodation within this guide has been grouped according to location (eg Corsham, Lacock and Villages). Within each location, establishments are grouped by accommodation type (ie hotels, guest accommodation, self-catering, camping and caravanning). Within each of these accommodation types, providers are listed alphabetically by town or village and then by establishment name. Standard accommodation entries have a map reference which cross-refers to the map on page 69.

Find out more - For further details on quality assessments visit our website: visitwiltshire.co.uk/gradinginformation Details of businesses included in this guide are based on information supplied by them at the time of going to press. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, VisitWiltshire can accept no liability for any errors or omissions. All attractions featured throughout this publication are members of the Wiltshire Association of Visitor Attractions.

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Mere Information Centre Mere Library, Barton Lane, Mere, BA12 6JA Tel: 01747 860546 / 860341

Salisbury Information Centre Fish Row, Salisbury, SP1 1EJ Tel: 01722 342860 Email: info@salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk

Tisbury Information Centre c/o Tisbury Parish Council, The Reading Room, High Street, Tisbury, SP3 6LD Tel: 01747 260088 Email: tisburypc@gmail.com

Trowbridge Information Centre The Civic Centre, St Stephen’s Place, Trowbridge, BA14 8AH Tel: 01225 765072 (Option 3) Email: info@trowbridge.gov.uk

Warminster Community Hub Central Car Park, Off Station Road, Warminster, BA12 9BT Tel: 01985 218548 Email: enquiries@warminstercommunityhub.co.uk

Westbury Visitor Centre 1 High Street, Westbury, BA13 3BN Tel: 01373 825784 Email: info@westburyvisitorcentre.co.uk

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Key to Accommodation Symbols If a facility is of particular importance to you (eg cot, evening meals, credit cards) please confirm availability with the establishment at the time of booking.

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AA Highly Commended Award Hotels AA Highly Commended Award Guest Accommodation VisitEngland Breakfast Award AA Breakfast Award AA Dining Rosette Green Tourism Award Welcome to Excellence World Host Key to Room Types and Abbreviations used in this Guide D – Double F – Family

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General Information This guide has been produced by VisitWiltshire. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission from VisitWiltshire. © VisitWiltshire 2018. The information contained within the guide can be made available in other formats upon request. This guide is also available to download from our website: visitwiltshire.co.uk/download Printed on paper from well-managed sources. When you have finished with this guide, please recycle it or pass it on. Editor: Jenny Butler, Marketing Services Manager, VisitWiltshire Email: jennybutler@visitwiltshire.co.uk

Ground floor rooms available Non-smoking throughout Designated smoking bedrooms available Tea/coffee making facilities in bedrooms Television in bedrooms Garden Licensed Evening meals provided by prior arrangement Special diets catered for by prior arrangement Children welcome (gives minimum age of children accepted) Cot available High chair available Cyclists welcome Walkers welcome Dogs accepted by prior arrangement Hairdryer available Passenger lift Off-road parking (gives number of spaces available) Credit cards accepted Gym Swimming pool Wireless internet access (WiFi) Wedding venue Mobility Level 1 Mobility Level 2 Mobility Level 3 Mobility Level 4

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EXPERIENCE Leave your car at home and stay in one of the market towns along the TransWilts route – Chippenham or Trowbridge, Melksham or Warminster, or in the historic city of Salisbury. Wiltshire’s railway network links 13 stations in the county with fast, frequent train services every day of the week. Trains run until midevening on all lines. There’s no need to book ahead; simply turn up and travel. Ask for a ‘Freedom of Severn and Solent’ – either 8 days in 15, or 3 days in 7. Train tickets can be bought at the stations for single trips or day returns, or you can buy Rovers that give you unlimited train travel within an area for one day or longer. A Rover covers the whole TransWilts line train services in Wiltshire, and connects to a wide area beyond, including Bath and the Solent coast.

Use the freedom of a Rover for your next holiday in Wiltshire for around £10 a day!

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Rail services operated by Great Western Railway and South Western Railway.

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Stay in Wiltshire and use it as your base to access hundreds of destinations including: Avebury Stone Circle and Manor Bowood House and Gardens Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn Great Chalfield Manor

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Old Sarum Old Wardour Castle

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Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta Silbury Hill STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway

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Melksham Trowbridge

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Westbury Dilton Marsh Warminster

Stonehenge Stourhead House and Gardens Studley Grange Butterfly World and Craft Village Swindon and Cricklade Railway The Peto Garden at Iford Manor Trowbridge Museum

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Westbury White Horse Wilton House and Gardens

Tisbury

American Museum in Britain

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Roman Baths in Bath

For more information about Wiltshire rail routes and stations, visit TransWilts at www.transwilts.org/routes where you can also book Rovers in advance online by clicking on the ‘Freedom of Severn and Solent’ ticket link. Kennet and Avon Canal

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The perfect day out Take a Tower Tour to the base of Britain’s tallest spire and discover the world’s oldest working mechanical clock. Or just enjoy afternoon tea in our Refectory restaurant and see our 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world. “One of the highlights of our trip” Sandra F, TripAdvisor

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